28-30 September 2016
Tagungstätte Schloss Ringberg, Kreuth
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A novel spectroscopy technique for complex gas phase molecular ions


  • Mr. Jürgen GÖCK

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The origin of diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs)$^1$ and the unidentified infrared emission bands (UIEs)$^2$ are long standing questions of modern astrophysics. DIBs are absorption features of astronomical objects in the visible to near-infrared range whereas the UIEs can be found in the emission spectra of astronomical objects. At the Max Institute for Nuclear Physics we are developing a new spectroscopy technique for gas phase molecular ions that combines a cryogenic ion trap with extremely sensitive mid-infrared detectors. The measurement scheme, preparatory work toward its implementation, and the current status of the experimental setup will be presented.

  1. Herbig, G. H. The diffuse interstellar bands. Annu. Rev. Astron. Astrophys. 33, 19–73 (1995).
  2. Kwok, S. in Encyclopedia of Astrobiology (eds. Amils, R. et al.) 1–4 (Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2014).