B5 – Commission B5 Laboratory Astrophysics


The purpose of the Laboratory Astrophysics Commission (B5) is to address the multidisciplinary needs and requirements of modern astronomy and planetary science. As a result, the Commission encompasses the four fundamental research areas that generate astrophysical data needs: atomic and molecular astrophysics, physics and chemistry of solid materials and condensed matter (dust and ices), plasma astrophysics, and nuclear and particle astrophysics. The Commission embraces interdisciplinary studies crossing physical, chemical, biological, geological sciences of relevance to astronomy, including experiment, theory, and modeling, from the nuclear and atomic/molecular level to application on astronomical scales.

In summary, the Laboratory Astrophysics Commission is a strongly cross-disciplinary commission with the aim to assist all IAU members in providing the data needed to interpret and understand astronomical observations and to promote Laboratory Astrophysics.


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Division B Facilities, Technologies and Data Science

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Commission B5 WG Spectroscopic and Radiative Data for Molecules
Inter-Commission B2-B5 WG Laboratory Astrophysics Data Compilation, Validation and Standardization: from the Laboratory to FAIR Usage in the Astronomical Community

Paul S. Barklem

Uppsala University
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Box 516
751 20 Uppsala

NCA adherence: Sweden

Last updated:
June 21, 2019

Marie-Lise Dubernet

5 Place Janssen

NCA adherence: France

Last updated:
October 7, 2021

Helen J. Fraser

The Open Unviersity
Department of Physical Sciences, Astronomy Division
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
United Kingdom

NCA adherence: United Kingdom

Last updated:
June 11, 2021

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