The PAH Hypothesis after 25 Years

Els Peeters
2011 Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union  
The infrared spectra of many galactic and extragalactic objects are dominated by emission features at 3.3, 6.2, 7.7, 8.6 and 11.2 \mu m. The carriers of these features remained a mystery for almost a decade, hence the bands were dubbed the unidentified infrared (UIR) bands. Since the mid-80's, the UIR bands are generally attributed to the IR fluorescence of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon molecules (PAHs) upon absorption of UV photons -- the PAH hypothesis. Here we review the progress made over
more » ... the past 25 years in understanding the UIR bands and their carriers.
doi:10.1017/s174392131102494x fatcat:k7vte4mekzayhf4gdyvrnuljj4