An Introduction to Astrobiology
Mo-Fr 9:15-11:30; 21.7.-1.8.2014 |
Seminarraum H 537 - Schellingstr. 4
Students : please access the Lecture pages (password protected)
The lecture pages contain the lecture slides and all the supporting material.
Please contact me for the password information if needed.
The lecture aims at introducing the broad field of Astrobiology. In the first part, it will cover pre-biotic chemistry and the origins of life, will look at Earth as a habitable planet and follow the development of its atmosphere and of primitive and more complex life on Earth. The lecture will also explore our Solar system and look at the possibilities of life on Mars, on Titan and icy bodies in the solar system. In the second part, it will review our current knowledge on exo-planets, their properties and their atmospheres. It will look into how to find life on exo-planets and will finish with some thoughts on extra-terrestrial intelligence.
The recommended textbook is:
- Planets and Life: The Emerging Science of Astrobiology - W.T.Sullivan & J.Baross - Cambridge University Press
Link to the book at Amazon.de (used from ~30€, new ~60€)
|Monday, July 21||Admin / History of Astrobiology / What is life? / Basics |
|Tuesday, July 22||Origin of Life / Evolution of Life |
|Wednesday, July 23||Limits of life / Extremophiles / Hydrothermal Vents |
|Thursday, July 24||Early Earth / Faint young sun / Earth climate history |
|Friday, July 25||Habitable places / The limits of climate / Planet atmospheres |
|Monday, July 28||Giant and terrestrial planet / Solar System formation |
|Tuesday, July 29||Mars - Europa - Enceladus - Titan |
|Wednesday, July 30||The Habitable Zone / Exoplanet detection|
|Thursday, July 31||Exoplanet properties / How to find life on Exoplanets / Biosignature |
|Friday, August 1||Alien Biochemistry / Extraterrestrial intelligence||