JONATHAN TENNYSON, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, London, WC1E 6BT, UK.

Spectral characterization of astrophysical objects cool enough to form molecules in their atmospheres (cool stars, extrosolar planets and planetary discs) requires considerable amounts of fundamental molecular data. The existing molecular line lists (with some exceptions) are generally not sufficiently accurate and complete. The ExoMol project is actively generating comprehensive line lists for all molecules likely to be observable in exoplanet atmospheres in the foreseeable future. This is a huge undertaking which will mean providing in excess of 1011 spectral lines for a large variety of molecular species, see Tennyson and Yurchenko ( Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. , \textbf425, 21 (2012))

%with three atoms is becoming more routine, the issues involved in

%the larger molecules of interest which, up until now, have been considered

The physics of molecular absorptions is complex and varies between different classes of absorbers. The project is therefore be divided into following topics (a) diatomic, (b) triatomics, (c) tetratomics, (d) methane and (e) larger molecules. Special techniques are being developed to treat each case. The majority of diatomic systems to be tackled are open shell species involving a transition metal atom; the opacity is provided by the transitions between the many low lying electronic states of the system. The calculation of rotation-vibration line lists for closed-shell triatomic systems is now relatively straightforward provided enough care is taken in deriving the potential energy and dipole surfaces. An H2S line list is nearing completion and studies on C3 have started. Accurate rotation-vibration line lists for hot tetratomic molecules such as ammonia (complete), phosphine (nearing completion), acetylene (initial study published), hydrogen peroxide (initial study complete), SO3 (room temperature line list complete) and formaldehyde, test what is computationally possible at present. An inital line list for hot (1000 K) methane has been completed and is being improved. Work on systems larger than this is just commencing. Data from this project can be accessed at www.exomol.com.

%will be widely used for models of cool stars and brown dwarfs, as well

%observed in comets.

%Astron. Soc., in press, (2010).

% Mol. Phys. , \textbf108, 1973 (2010).

%ammonia line list BYTe. The current database of laboratory data is partial

%artificial windows in the data (eg at 4000 cm-1). Our calculations are