Surface flux patterns on planets in circumbinary systems and potential for photosynthesis

  title={Surface flux patterns on planets in circumbinary systems and potential for photosynthesis},
  author={Duncan H. Forgan and Alexander Mead and Charles S Cockell and John A. Raven},
  journal={International Journal of Astrobiology},
  pages={465 - 478}
Abstract Recently, the Kepler Space Telescope has detected several planets in orbit around a close binary star system. These so-called circumbinary planets will experience non-trivial spatial and temporal distributions of radiative flux on their surfaces, with features not seen in their single-star orbiting counterparts. Earth-like circumbinary planets inhabited by photosynthetic organisms will be forced to adapt to these unusual flux patterns. We map the flux received by putative Earth-like… Expand
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