Institute of Astronomy

Finding extraterrestrial life using ground-based high-dispersion spectroscopy

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

Abstract

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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