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Welcome tof the Laboratory for Astrophysics at Leiden Observatory

In my laboratory we use physical methods to answer chemical questions of astronomical interest. For this the LfA team has developed sophisticated experiments fully focused on reproducing the conditions under which molecules form in the inter- and circumstellar medium. Interstellar clouds are simulated with special plasma expansions and chemical reactions on icy dust grains are measured in ultra-high vacuum setups. This provides the data necessary to guide and interpret astronomical observations and to model reaction networks in space. 

Harold Linnartz

> Several new LfA members arrived / will be arriving soon:
We are welcoming Pranjal Samarth (~01.04.2021)
We are welcoming Julia Santoz (01.04.2021)
We are welcoming Dr. Will Rocha (01.02.2021)
We are welcoming Dr. KoJu Chuang (01.12.2020)
We are welcoming Tara Bruendl (01.11.2020)

> IAU350 Proceedings on Laboratory Astrophysics have been published. 
> Glycine formation under prestellar conditions - Read the story in Nature Astronomy !
> Danna Qasim successfully defended her thesis. Good luck at NASA Goddard ! 
> INTERCAT established: project with Aarhus University awarded - see here. More to follow.

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