Astrophysics (index)

PAH Emissions

(Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Emissions)
(infrared emission from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in gas clouds)

PAH Emissions (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Emissions) are Infrared (IR) Emissions from molecular gas clouds. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) are organic materials with two or more benzene rings, are Hydrocarbons (HC) with 50-100 Carbon (C) atoms that constitute a pollutant in Earth Atmosphere. They are formed in Star-Forming Regions (SFR) and can be detected by the infrared radiation. They produce emission features at 3.3, 6.2, 7.7, 8.6, and 11.2 micrometers. It is considered likely that PAHs are formed by giant Carbon Stars.

The term PAH Emission is also commonly used regarding activities on Earth that produce PAHs, e.g., in reports on air pollution.

(emission,chemistry,molecular gas)

Referenced by:
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH)
Spectral Band