Nitrogen Dioxide Pollution as a Signature of Extraterrestrial Technology

  title={Nitrogen Dioxide Pollution as a Signature of Extraterrestrial Technology},
  author={Ravi kumar Kopparapu and Giada N. Arney and Jacob Haqq‐Misra and Jacob Lustig-Yaeger and Geronimo L. Villanueva},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) on Earth today has biogenic and anthropogenic sources. During the Covid-19 pandemic, observations of global NO2 emissions have shown a significant decrease in urban areas. Drawing upon this example of NO2 as an industrial byproduct, we use a one-dimensional photochemical model and synthetic spectral generator to assess the detectability of NO2 as an atmospheric technosignature on exoplanets. We consider cases of an Earth-like planet around Sun-like, K-dwarf, and M-dwarf… 
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