Rotational Synchronization May Enhance Habitability for Circumbinary Planets: Kepler Binary Case Studies

@article{Mason2013RotationalSM,
  title={Rotational Synchronization May Enhance Habitability for Circumbinary Planets: Kepler Binary Case Studies},
  author={P. Mason and J. Zuluaga and J. Clark and Pablo A. Cuartas},
  journal={arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics},
  year={2013}
}
We report a mechanism capable of reducing (or increasing) stellar activity in binary stars, thereby potentially enhancing (or destroying) circumbinary habitability. In single stars, stellar aggression towards planetary atmospheres causes mass-loss, which is especially detrimental for late-type stars, because habitable zones are very close and activity is long lasting. In binaries, tidal rotational breaking reduces magnetic activity, thus reducing harmful levels of XUV radiation and stellar mass… Expand

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