Our astrochemical origins - Paola Caselli

Our astrochemical origins - Paola Caselli

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Our Astrochemical Origins

Paola Caselli 

(Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics)

All ingredients to make stars like our Sun and planets like our Earth are present in dense cold interstellar clouds. In these "stellar-system precursors" an active chemistry is already at work, as demonstrated by the presence of a rich variety of organic molecules in the gas phase and icy mantles encapsulating the sub-micrometer dust grains, the building blocks of planets. Here, I’ll present a journey from the earliest phases of star formation to protoplanetary disks, with links to our Solar System, highlighting the crucial role of astrochemistry as a powerful diagnostic tool of the various steps present in the journey.