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The Leiden Atomic and Molecular Database (LAMDA): Current Status, Recent Updates, and Future Plans

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SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, Landleven 12, NL-9747AD Groningen, The Netherlands
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Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, NL-9747AD Groningen, The Netherlands
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LOMC, Université du Havre & CNRS, Normandie Université, F-76063 Le Havre, France
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IPAG, CNRS, Université Grenoble-Alpes, F-38000 Grenoble, France
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Department of Space, Earth, and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-43992 Onsala, Sweden
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Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
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Atoms 2020, 8(2), 15; https://doi.org/10.3390/atoms8020015
Received: 27 March 2020 / Revised: 15 April 2020 / Accepted: 20 April 2020 / Published: 28 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Development and Perspectives of Atomic and Molecular Databases)
The Leiden Atomic and Molecular Database (LAMDA) collects spectroscopic information and collisional rate coefficients for molecules, atoms, and ions of astrophysical and astrochemical interest. We describe the developments of the database since its inception in 2005, and outline our plans for the near future. Such a database is constrained both by the nature of its uses and by the availability of accurate data: we suggest ways to improve the synergies among users and suppliers of data. We summarize some recent developments in computation of collisional cross sections and rate coefficients. We consider atomic and molecular data that are needed to support astrophysics and astrochemistry with upcoming instruments that operate in the mid- and far-infrared parts of the spectrum. View Full-Text
Keywords: astronomical data bases; atomic data; molecular data; radiative transfer; ISM: atoms; ISM: molecules; molecular processes; scattering astronomical data bases; atomic data; molecular data; radiative transfer; ISM: atoms; ISM: molecules; molecular processes; scattering
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van der Tak, F.F.S.; Lique, F.; Faure, A.; Black, J.H.; van Dishoeck, E.F. The Leiden Atomic and Molecular Database (LAMDA): Current Status, Recent Updates, and Future Plans. Atoms 2020, 8, 15.

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