Atomic and Molecular Processes in Astronomy and Planetary Science
by Geoffrey A. Blake
Publisher: California Institute of Technology 2004
This course discusses the fundamental aspects of atomic and molecular spectra that enable one to infer physical conditions in astronomical, planetary and terrestrial environments from the analysis of their electromagnetic radiation. Topics will include the structure and spectra of atoms, molecules and solids; transition probabilities; photoionization and recombination; collisional processes; gas-phase chemical reactions and isotopic fractionation. Each topic will be illustrated with applications in astronomy and planetary sciences, ranging from planetary atmospheres and dense interstellar clouds to the early universe.
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