Energy relaxation in large isolated molecular species is an active subject when one considers the evolution of carbonaceous clusters and macromolecules, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and fullerenes, in cosmic environments. This is a highly interdisciplinary field that has fostered discussions and collaborations between physicists, physical chemists and astrophysicists. This is the main motivation for the creation of the international meeting EPoLM, Energetic Processing of Large Molecules.
The international meeting on “Energetic Processing of Large Molecules” (EPoLM-4) will be held on March 4-6, 2019 at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Madrid (Spain). The EPoLM-1, 2 and 3 meetings were held in Leiden (May 2015), Stockholm (May 2016) and Toulouse (June 2017).
EPoLM-4 will maintain the dynamics of exchanges between researchers from the different communities. It will be the occasion to present the most recent results on the structure and dynamics of large molecular species, their evolution under photon irradiation and collisions, as well as the mechanisms at play in the relaxation of energy. These results comprise new molecular dynamics simulations and new laboratory experiments obtained from storage rings and ion traps. The conference will also continue to explore the connection with observational constraints and astrophysical models.
The conference will focus on the following sessions:
– Large carbonaceous molecules in space
– Large carbonaceous molecules in the laboratory
– Interactions with photons and collisional processes
– Dust formation and the precursors
– Future directions