Astrochemistry: a powerful tool to understand the origin of complexity in the Universe

by Stefano Bovino (Dipartimento di Chimica - Sapienza)

Aula Conversi (Dipartimento di Fisica - ED. G Marconi)

Aula Conversi

Dipartimento di Fisica - ED. G Marconi


Astrochemistry is a blend of different disciplines, from chemistry to astronomy, including computational sciences and biology. One of the fundamental questions in astrochemistry is related to the understanding of intricate physical processes like star- and planet-formation, and how these are connected to the emergence of chemical complexity. In this talk I will introduce the astrochemistry field, showing its different applications. I will present some recent exciting magneto-hydrodynamical simulations and introduce how the chemistry can help disentangling among the main processes which lead to the formation of stars. It will be a journey from the simple chemistry of diffuse gas to the complexity of the small and dense regions of the interstellar medium, where complex chemical processes play a fundamental role to unveil our astrochemical origins. 

Organized by

Raffaella Schneider