H2 formation on interstellar dust grains: The viewpoints of theory, experiments, models and observations

Valentine Wakelam, Emeric Bron, Stephanie Cazaux, Francois Dulieu, Cécile Gry, Pierre Guillard, Emilie Habart, Liv Hornekær, Sabine Morisset, Gunnar Nyman, Valerio Pirronello, Stephen D. Price, Valeska Valdivia, Gianfranco Vidali, Naoki Watanabe

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Abstract

Molecular hydrogen is the most abundant molecule in the universe. It is the first one to form and survive photo-dissociation in tenuous environments. Its formation involves catalytic reactions on the surface of interstellar grains. The micro-physics of the formation process has been investigated intensively in the last 20 years, in parallel of new astrophysical observational and modeling progresses. In the perspectives of the probable revolution brought by the future satellite JWST, this article has been written to present what we think we know about the H2 formation in a variety of interstellar environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-36
Number of pages36
JournalMolecular Astrophysics
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Astrochemistry
  • Grain surface chemistry
  • Interstellar medium
  • Molecular hydrogen

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    Wakelam, V., Bron, E., Cazaux, S., Dulieu, F., Gry, C., Guillard, P., Habart, E., Hornekær, L., Morisset, S., Nyman, G., Pirronello, V., Price, S. D., Valdivia, V., Vidali, G., & Watanabe, N. (2017). H2 formation on interstellar dust grains: The viewpoints of theory, experiments, models and observations. Molecular Astrophysics, 9, 1-36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molap.2017.11.001