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Molecular astronomy of cool stars and sub-stellar objects

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JournalINTERNATIONAL REVIEWS IN PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
DatePublished - Oct 2009
Issue number4
Volume28
Number of pages29
Pages (from-to)681-709
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The optical and infrared spectra of a wide variety of 'cool' astronomical objects including the Sun, sunspots, K-, M- and S-type stars, carbon stars, brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets are reviewed. The review provides the necessary astronomical background for chemical physicists to understand and appreciate the unique molecular environments found in astronomy. The calculation of molecular opacities needed to simulate the observed spectral energy distributions is discussed.

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  • extrasolar planets, cool stars, brown dwarfs, solar spectra, sunspots, spectral energy distributions, molecular opacities, astronomical spectroscopy, INFRARED-EMISSION SPECTROSCOPY, RESOLUTION SPECTRAL ATLAS, GIANT BRANCH STARS, ALL-SKY SURVEY, LOW-MASS STARS, CARBON STARS, MU-M, S-STARS, SOLAR GRANULATION, LINE FORMATION

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