VAMDC ′Virtual Atomic and Molecular Centre′ and Astrophysics: Level 2 release

Mikhail Doronin (Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, LPMAA), Misha Doronin (LPMAA, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, France), ML Dubernet (LPMAA, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, LUTH, Observatoire de Paris, France) and VAMDC Collaboration


Atomic and molecular (A&M) data are of critical importance across a wide range of applications such as astrophysics, atmospheric physics, fusion, environmental sciences, combustion chemistry, and in industrial applications from plasmas to lighting. Currently these vital and fundamental A&M data resources are highly fragmented and only available through a variety of highly specialized interfaces, thus limiting the full exploitation of their scientific worth. This in turn hinders research across a wide range of topics including space exploration (the characterization of extrasolar planets, understanding the chemistry of our local solar system and of the wider universe); the study of the terrestrial atmosphere and quantification of climate change; the development of the international fusion programme for energy, and our understanding of radiation damage within biological systems, to give just a few examples.

The Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre (VAMDC) is a major new European initiative now building a unified, secure, documented, flexible and interoperable e-science environment-based interface to existing A&M data. VAMDC combines the expertise of existing A&M databases, data producers and service providers with the specific aim of creating an infrastructure that is easily tuned to the requirements of a wide variety of users in academic, governmental, industrial or public communities. The project encompasses the construction of the core consortium, the development and deployment of the infrastructure and the development of interfaces to existing A&M databases. VAMDC partners are responsible for many of the world's major A+M data resources. The paper describes the current 'Level 2' service deployment of the VAMDC data infrastructure across a wide range of VAMDC partner provided resources, outlines our objectives and describes our softwares in connection to Astrophysics.

Paper ID: P036

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