2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

Ozone as a Marker for Exoplanet Habitability


Nathan T. Scott
Dr. Vayujeet Gokhale and Dr. Carolina Sempertegui, Faculty Mentors

The search for life on habitable planets will be based around what we can detect, whether that be transmissions or molecular signals such as bio-signatures. In this talk I will focus on the idea of Molecular Bio-signatures, more specifically that of Ozone (O3) and how it has and can be utilized to optimize the probability of detection. Ozone in particular is a mainstay molecule in the terran atmosphere and resides in both the troposphere and stratosphere. It has a complex relationship with solar radiation and acts to protect the surface of the planet from harmful Ultraviolet Electromagnetic Radiation. The practicality of implementation and the chances of success of Ozone detection will be discussed at length in this presentation.

Keywords: Habitability , Ozone, Astrobiology, Exoplanet, Detection

Topic(s):Astrobiology
Chemistry
Astronomy

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 306-2
Location: MG 2050
Time: 1:15

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