The Universe in a Vacuum Chamber – Studying the Chemistry of the Galaxy using Experimental Physics

PhD defence, Wednesday 18 October 2017, Pernille Ahlmann Jensen.

2017.10.18 | Trine Berndt Turtiainen Scheelke

Pernille Ahlmann Jensen

During her studies, Pernille researched how large carbon based molecules in the interstellar space of the galaxy interact with hydrogen, both through experiments and astronomical observations. Pernille studied these interactions with a specific focus on how molecular hydrogen forms in space.
The new research findings contribute to the understanding of how the chemistry proceeds in the cold, harsh environments of interstellar space, and how the chemical complexity of our galaxy came to be.

The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Wednesday 18 October 2017, kl. 13:15
Place: 1523-318, Physics Theatre, Ny Munkegade 120, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus C.
Title of dissertation: Astrophysically Relevant Large carbonaceous Molecules and their Interaction with Atomic Hydrogen
Contact information: Pernille A. Jensen, e-mail:, tel.: +45 53401807
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Wendy Brown, Department of Chemistry, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
Professor Stephanie Cazaux, Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Gronigen, the Netherlands
Professor Karsten Riisager (chair), Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University
Main supervisor:
Professor Liv Hornekær, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST,
Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, rooms 128-134, 8000 Aarhus C.

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