4-8 October 2015
Hans Harnack Haus
Europe/Berlin timezone
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Chirped Pulse Techniques Applied to Astrochemistry and the Search for PAHs


  • Dr. Amanda STEBER
  • Mr. Ben ARENAS

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Radio astronomy has been an important method for identification of molecular constituents in the interstellar medium (ISM). One way to do this is by matching microwave and millimeter wave laboratory spectra to those obtained by radio observatories. Until now, the availability of laboratory data has been sufficient to keep up with the influx of astronomical data. However, with new and upgraded observatories, such as the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), coming online that is about to change. Because of this, a move towards revolutionizing microwave and millimeter wave techniques has come about. In this laboratory, we aim to upgrade existing chirped pulse microwave techniques to take advantage of these advances, in order to increase the throughput of astronomically relevant data in this lab. We also plan to use discharge methods in order to begin investigating a top down approach, in which we look at the fragments that form when we take large complex molecules and subject them to the discharge.