The challenging playground of astrochemistry: an integrated rotational spectroscopy – quantum chemistry strategy
While it is now well demonstrated that the interstellar medium (ISM) is characterized by a diverse and complex chemistry, a significant number of features in radioastronomical spectra are still unassigned and call for new laboratory efforts, which are increasingly based on integrated experimental and computational strategies. In parallel, the identification of an increasing number of molecules containing more than five atoms and at least one carbon atom (the so-called “interstellar” complex organic molecules), which can play a relevant role in the chemistry of life, raises the additional issue of how these species can be produced in the typical harsh conditions of the ISM. On these grounds, this perspective aims to present an integrated rotational spectroscopy – quantum chemistry approach for supporting radioastronomical observations and a computational strategy for contributing to the elucidation of chemical reactivity in the interstellar space.
- This article is part of the themed collection: 2020 PCCP HOT Articles