I will outline the development of astrobiology over the past decade and describe how it may evolve in the future. As this area is inherently broad, I will focus on a select few topics that I have worked on, which pertain to worlds of current interest, both inside and outside our Solar system. I will outline how the prebiotic synthesis of biomolecules may have been faciltated by solar flares on early Mars and Earth. On the other hand, I will describe how large superflares may potentially trigger mass extinctions on Earth (and other habitable planets). Subsequently, I will discuss putative biospheres on ocean worlds like Europa and Enceladus and some of the constraints imposed by the availability of nutrients and energy sources. Lastly, I will discuss how multiple factors combine to suppress the habitability of planets orbiting M-dwarfs, which have the longest stellar lifetime and are the most common in the Universe.
Manasvi Lingam (Harvard University, USA)
Date & Time
Tue, 04 September 2018, 09:00 to 10:00
Emmy Noether Seminar Room, ICTS Campus, Bangalore