The group research interests focus on the understanding of the synthesis of molecules and dust in our local and far universe from a theoretical point of view. The major dust providers in galaxies are stars in their late stages of stellar evolution. Specifically, chemical models that describe the formation of molecules and dust are developed and coupled to the physics pertaining to these stellar environments. Molecule and dust yields are derived at various metallicities to make prescriptions for the dust budget as a function of cosmic time. The resulting theoretical predictions are further tested by observations in the optical, infrared, submillimetre and millimetre ranges using telescope facilities worldwide.


   Isabelle Cherchneff

   Departement Physik

   Klingelbergstrasse 82

   CH-4056 Basel

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