Institute of Astronomy

Finding extraterrestrial life using ground-based high-dispersion spectroscopy

SpeakerTalk DateTalk Series
Ignas Snellen (Leiden)27 February 2014Institute of Astronomy Colloquia


The cancellation of both the Terrestrial Planet Finder and Darwin
missions means that it is unlikely that a dedicated space telescope to
search for biomarker gases in exoplanet atmospheres will be launched
within the next 25 years. In this talk I will advocate that ground-based
telescopes provide a strong alternative for finding biomarkers in
exoplanet atmospheres through high-resolution transit observations. I
will review some of the exciting result we have recently obtained on
hot-Jupiter atmospheres, and will show what can be done with the planned E-ELT.


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