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Hydrides in Space: Past, Present, and Future

Lis, Dariusz C. and Goldsmith, Paul F. and Bergin, Edwin A. and Falgarone, Edith and Gerin, Maryvonne and Roueff, Evelyne (2009) Hydrides in Space: Past, Present, and Future. In: Submillimeter astrophysics and technology : a symposium honoring Thomas G. Phillips. ASP Conference Series. No.417. Astronomical Society of the Pacific , San Francisco, CA, pp. 23-36. ISBN 978-1-58381-714-8.

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One of the central questions of modern astrophysics concerns the life cycle of molecules in the Universe—from the diffuse interstellar medium to planetary systems—and the chemical pathways leading from simple atoms and diatomic molecules to complex organic species. In the past two decades, the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) has contributed a number of key discoveries on these topics. Light hydrides are of particular interest for astrochemistry, as the basic building blocks of the chemical networks in both diffuse and dense clouds. Ongoing and planned submillimeter wide-field continuum surveys will yield hundreds of potential galactic targets suitable for detailed spectroscopic follow-ups. Recent advances in detector and digital spectrometer technologies promise to truly revolutionize further the field of high-resolution submillimeter spectroscopy and its application to the study of the life cycle of molecules. This will greatly improve our understanding of astrochemistry, astrobiology, the origin of life on Earth, and allow assessing the possibilities of life in other planetary systems.

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Additional Information:© 2009 Astronomical Society of the Pacific. D. C. L. would like to thank Tom Phillips for the stimulating and fruiful collaboration during the past 20 years. The Caltech Submillimeter Observatory is supported by NSF grant AST-0540882. We thank R. Peng for his permission to use data prior to publication, as well as the members of the PRISMAS team who helped formulate the HIFI hydride science program. The research described in this paper was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Insitute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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