EAS Publications Series
Volume 46, 2011PAHs and the Universe: A Symposium to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the PAH Hypothesis
|Page(s)||13 - 27|
|Published online||30 March 2011|
C. Joblin and A.G.G.M. Tielens (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 46 (2011) 13-27
Astronomical observations of the PAH emission bands
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Western
2 SETI Institute, 189 N. Bernardo Ave., Suite 100, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA
The infrared (IR) spectra of many galactic and extragalactic objects are dominated by emission features at 3.3, 6.2, 7.7, 8.6 and 11.2 μm, generally attributed to the IR fluorescence of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon molecules (PAHs). These PAH bands have been found in a wide variety of environments throughout theUniverse and contain up to 10% of the total power output of star-forming galaxies.
Ground-based telescopes, the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) and the Spitzer Space Telescope revealed a plethora of weaker PAH bands and provided extensive evidence for significant variability in the PAH spectrum from source to source and spatially within sources. Here we review the spectral characteristics of astronomical PAHs, their dependence on the local physical conditions and the implications for the physical and chemical characteristics of the carriers.
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