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Water in the gas phase









Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JJ


Organised by Professor Jonathan Tennyson FRS, Professor Keith Shine FRS, Professor Ewine van Dishoeck, Professor Peter Bernath and Dr Jonathan Taylor

Water vapour's interaction with light is fundamental to understanding the Earth's climate, extrasolar planets (including attempts to detect life) and the chemistry of the interstellar medium. The discussion meeting will focus on fundamental developments in the spectroscopy of water, including its continuum, its role in the Earth's energy budget, and latest astronomical observations, including those from the Herschel space telescope.

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Biographies and audio recordings are available below.

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Schedule of talks

Session 1

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Collisional effects on H2O absorption spectra

Professor Jean-Michel Hartmann, Université Paris, France

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Global spectroscopy of the water monomer

Dr Oleg Polyansky, Russian Academy of Science, Russia

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Spectroscopic measurement of the vapour pressure of ice

Dr Joseph Hodges, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA

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State-resolved spectroscopy of high vibrational levels of water up to the dissociative continuum

Dr Pavlo Maksyutenko, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland

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Session 2

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Airborne and satellite remote of the water vapour continuum in the far-IR spectral region

Dr Stuart Newman, Met Office, UK

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Determination of water vapour continuum absorption coefficients from recent observations

Dr Eli Mlawer, Atmospheric and Environmental Research Inc, USA

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Measurements of the atmospheric water vapour continuum using a solar-pointing Fourier Transform Spectrometer

Dr Tom Gardiner, National Physical Laboratory, UK

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Recent advances in measurement of the water vapour continuum in the far-IR spectral region

Dr Paul Green, Imperial College London, UK

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Discussion Sessions

Dr Rod Jones, University of Cambridge, UK

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IR shifts of the water dimer from the fully exible ab initio HBB2 potential

Professor Claude Leforestier, Université Montpellier, France

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The water-vapour continuum absorption in the mid-infrared10 and 4 μm atmospheric windows

Presented by Dr Andrei Vigasin on behalf of Dr Yuri Baranov, Institute of Experimental Meteorology, Russia

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Towards a new model of the water vapour continuum

Dr Igor Ptashnik, University of Reading, UK and V E Zuev Institute of Atmospheric Optics, Russia

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The role of water vapour in the atmospheres of very low mass stars, brown dwarfs, and extrasolar planets

Dr France Allard, Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, France

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Water in evolved stars

Professor Jose Cernicharo, Centro de Astrobiología, Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial, Spain

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Water in exoplanets

Dr Giovanna Tinetti, University College London, UK

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Water in star and planet-forming regions

Professor Edwin A. Bergin, University of Michigan, USA

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Water in the gas phase Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire MK16 9JJ