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astrochemistry

(ass-troh-kem -iss-tree) The study of the chemistry of celestial bodies and of the intervening regions of space. It involves the detection and identification, principally by spectroscopy, of the inorganic and organic chemicals present and the study of the reactions by which these neutral and charged atoms and molecules could have been produced and of future chemical processes. See also molecular-line radio astronomy.

astrochemistry

[¦as·trō′kem·ə·strē]
(astronomy)
The science that applies the principles of chemistry to matter in space.
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Over the last decade, while astrochemical studies have been conducted to understand the early evolutionary stages in high- and low-mass stars, similar work is essentially missing for the least massive stars, called brown dwarfs (BDs).
The expected results are the exploration of molecular complexity by discovering new classes of molecules in space, the detection of isotopologues that provide information about the stage of chemical evolution, the generation of abundance maps of highly excited molecules to learn about their environment, the identification of key intermediates in astrochemical reactions.
Several astrochemical processes can only be understood if their tunneling contributions are properly accounted for.