The Chemistry of Newborn Planets
Stars and planets form in cold, dense nebulas known as molecular clouds. These environments are radically different from anything on Earth, yet they are important for understanding the origins of planets like ours. The Öberg Astrochemistry Group studies the way complex molecules form in these nebulas, as well as how star and planet formation affects chemical processes in the environment.
The Öberg lab uses experiments to simulate the chemistry in these systems, both to understand astrochemical reactions and to study the types of light they emit, for use in observations. The group also models chemical processes theoretically, and uses radio and infrared telescopes to study astrochemical reactions in space. Their particular focus is newborn planets, understanding how their chemistry is established during formation.