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Research Activities in the Laboratory Astrophysics Group

In the Molecular Astrophysics Group we investigate the quantum physics of interstellar molecules. We develop special techniques to hunt for new molecules in the laboratory and in space. Our scientific motivation, the instruments, experimental techniques and typical results are briefly explained in a small brochure . In the table below molecules are ordered by the techniques being used for their investigation. Details can be found by clicking on molecular formulae and technique names.

Species & Projects Spectroscopy Cold Chemistry Theory Observation
Gas Cells Supersonic Jets Ion Traps
Neutral Molecules C3H8O2; C4H9CN; C2H5CHO; CH3OCH3; C2H5OH; CH3CN; CH3SH; n-C3H7CN     para-H2 Rotationally highly excited molecules c-C3D2; C2H5CHO; CH3OCH3; C2H5OH; CH3SH; n-C3H7CN
Ions CO+   CH2D+; CH5+; CH+; H2D+; O2H+; OH−; CF+; l-C3H+; NH3D+ O2H+ Reconstruction of the Energy Levels of CH5+; Superrotation; Modelling Multipole RF Traps  
Clusters   Carbon-rich clusters CH3+ - He; He - HCO+   Superrotation