Detecting Life-bearing Extrasolar Planets with Space Telescopes

@article{Beckwith2008DetectingLE,
  title={Detecting Life-bearing Extrasolar Planets with Space Telescopes},
  author={S. Beckwith},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2008},
  volume={684},
  pages={1404-1415}
}
  • S. Beckwith
  • Published 2008
  • Physics
  • The Astrophysical Journal
One of the promising methods to search for life on extrasolar planets (exoplanets) is to detect its signature in the chemical disequilibrium of exoplanet atmospheres. Spectra at the modest resolutions needed to search for methane, oxygen, carbon dioxide, or water will demand large collecting areas and large diameters to capture and isolate the light from planets in the habitable zones around the stars. Single telescopes with coronagraphs to isolate the light from the planet will have to be 8 m… Expand

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