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Stellar aspects of habitability–characterizing target stars for terrestrial planet-finding missions

Kaltenegger, Lisa; Eiroa, Carlos; Ribas, Ignasi; Paresce, Francesco; Leitzinger, Martin; Odert, Petra; Hanslmeier, Arnold; Fridlund, Malcolm; Lammer, Helmut; Beichman, Charles; Danchi, William; Henning, Thomas; Herbst, Tom; Léger, Alain; Liseau, René; Lunine, Jonathan; Penny, Alan; Quirrenbach, Andreas; Röttgering, Huub; Selsis, Frank; Schneider, Jean; Stam, Daphne; Tinetti, Giovanna and White, Glenn J. (2010). Stellar aspects of habitability–characterizing target stars for terrestrial planet-finding missions. Astrobiology, 10(1) pp. 103–112.

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Abstract

We present and discuss the criteria for selecting potential target stars suitable for the search for Earth-like planets, with a special emphasis on the stellar aspects of habitability. Missions that search for terrestrial exoplanets will explore the presence and habitability of Earth-like exoplanets around several hundred nearby stars, mainly F, G, K, and M stars. The evaluation of the list of potential target systems is essential in order to develop mission concepts for a search for terrestrial exoplanets. Using the Darwin All Sky Star Catalogue (DASSC), we discuss the selection criteria, configuration-dependent subcatalogues, and the implication of stellar activity for habitability.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
ISSN: 1557-8070
Keywords: Darwin/TPF; nearby stars; habitability; exoplanet search
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Physical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 25564
Depositing User: Mairi Harding
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2010 17:04
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 08:00
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/25564
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