The Propitious Role of Solar Energetic Particles in the Origin of Life

@article{Lingam2018ThePR,
  title={The Propitious Role of Solar Energetic Particles in the Origin of Life},
  author={M. Lingam and C. Dong and X. Fang and B. Jakosky and A. Loeb},
  journal={arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics},
  year={2018}
}
We carry out 3-D numerical simulations to assess the penetration and bombardment effects of Solar Energetic Particles (SEPs), i.e. high-energy particle bursts during large flares and superflares, on ancient and current Mars. We demonstrate that the deposition of SEPs is non-uniform at the planetary surface, and that the corresponding energy flux is lower than other sources postulated to have influenced the origin of life. Nevertheless, SEPs may have been capable of facilitating the synthesis of… Expand
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