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NRAO Colloquium

Date: Fri. 30 Oct, 2015 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Duration: 1 Hour
Location: NRAO

Dr. Karin Oberg, of the Center for Astronomy at Harvard University, is the guest speaker for the NRAO-NM colloquium. Her talk is titled "The Chemistry of Planet Formation: Millimeter Spectral Line Observations of Protostars and Protoplanetary Disks." Oberg uses spatially and spectrally resolved observations (from ALMA and SMA) to explore the organic inventory, isotopic fractionation chemistry, and other chemical structures in planet-forming disks. Recent highlights include observations of spectacular chemical ring structures that trace temperature- and radiation-regulated organic and isotopologue chemistry, and the detection of the first complex molecule in a disk (CH3CN). She will discuss these observations in light of astrochemical studies of the earlier stages of star formation, of the Solar System composition, and of models of planet and planetesimal formation. Hosted by Dr. David Meier. 11 a.m. in the auditorium of the Domenici Science Operations Center (NRAO).

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