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Astrochemistry

Rotational spectroscopy

The research actvity in the field of millimeter/submillimeter-wave spectroscopy is presented in a dedicated reasearch area. The focus is here on the investigation of molecules of astrophysical/astrochemical interest, with particular interest on prebiotic species.

This research line involves a strong collaboration with astronomers (C. Codella - INAF@Arcetri, Pepe Cernicharo - ICMM-CSIC Madrid, L. Bizzocchi & V. Lattanzi - MPE Garching, C. Ceccarelli - IPAG Grenoble) in order to exploit our measurements in the field of radioastronomical observations.

This research line also involves collaboration with several national research groups in the framework of the PRIN 2015 project "STARS in the CAOS (Simulation Tools for Astrochemical Reactivity and Spectroscopy in the Cyberinfrastructure for Astrochemical Organic Species)".

Computational spectroscopy

The research actvity in the computational spectroscopy is presented in a dedicated reasearch area. The focus is here again on the investigation of molecules of astrophysical/astrochemical interest, with particular interest on prebiotic species. State-of-the-art computational methodologies are applied to the calculations of the most relevant parameters of rotational and vibrational spectropies with the aim of guiding laboratory experiments or astronomical searches.

This research line also involves collaboration with several national research groups in the framework of the PRIN 2015 project "STARS in the CAOS (Simulation Tools for Astrochemical Reactivity and Spectroscopy in the Cyberinfrastructure for Astrochemical Organic Species)".


Formation routes of interstellar complex organic molecules (iCOMs)

This research activity involves the development and application of integrated computational strategies (those already mentioned in the Computational Spectroscopy research line) aimed at providing reliable thermochemical and kinetic information on the formation processes of astrochemical complex organic molecules.This research line is carried out in strong and synergic collaboration with the group of Prof. V. Barone at Scuole Normale Superiore. This research line also involves collaboration with several national research groups in the framework of the PRIN 2015 project "STARS in the CAOS (Simulation Tools for Astrochemical Reactivity and Spectroscopy in the Cyberinfrastructure for Astrochemical Organic Species)".