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Department of Physics

Staff profile

Prof David Flower, BSc, PhD, FRAS, FRSA

Emeritus Professor in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43625
Room number: 306a

(email at david.flower@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Research Interests

David's research interests include various aspects of the physics and chemistry of the interstellar medium, particularly the processes occurring in regions of star formation. The impact of protostellar jets on the surrounding molecular material leads to the production of shock waves, which heat and compress and the gas. This gas cools by radiating in atomic and molecular spectral lines that are observed at mm and infra-red wavelengths, both from the ground and by means of satellites. David also calculates some of the basic molecular data that are required to interpret these observations, specifically rate coefficients for the excitation of interstellar atoms and molecules by the most abundant interstellar species (atomic and molecular hydrogen and helium).

Research Groups

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics

Research Interests

  • Atomic theory
  • Interstellar physics

Publications

Authored book

Book review

Journal Article

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