Nuclear Spin Effects in Astrochemistry


Workshop context and aim

In recent years, detailed experimental work on low-temperature reactions has highlighted the relevance of nuclear spin specific investigations in astrochemistry. This has prompted the inclusion of spin-type dependent reaction rates in theoretical models of interstellar chemistry - unveiling some dramatic effects for example on isotope fractionation. At the same time, the amount of observational data on spin-type ratios in astronomical environments has grown rapidly.

The aim of this focused workshop is to bring together experts from both the experimental, theoretical and observational (Solar System, galactic, and extragalactic) communities to present and discuss the current status and challenges of interpreting the growing amount of data on molecular spin ratios.

The scientific programme consisted of invited talks, contributed talks, as well as ample time for discussions. It started after lunch on June 9, 2014, and concluded by lunchtime June 11, followed by a visit to the Onsala Space Observatory in the afternoon.

A short summary of the workshop and the full presentations can be found here


Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Room EA in the EDIT Building on Hörsalsvägen 11, 4th Floor (see Venue)


Registration deadline was May 5, 2014.

All workshop participants need to register, including invited speakers. The registration fee of 200 SEK includes lunch, coffee breaks and the visit to Onsala Space Observatory. 

Conference dinner

A conference dinner is arranged in the evening of June 10 at the restaurant and ship S/S Maireholm, located nearby the Gothenburg Opera house. Participation is optional and involves an additional conference fee which is to be paid at registration.



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This workshop is organized by the research group Radio astronomy and astrophysics, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Chalmers, in cooperation with Onsala Space Observatory. 


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