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2006 Annual Science Report

Pennsylvania State University Reporting  |  JUL 2005 – JUN 2006

Planetary Habitability and Life Detection (Sigurdsson)

4 Institutions
3 Teams
0 Publications
0 Field Sites
Field Sites

Project Progress

Analysis of Hubble Space Telescope observations of white dwarf planetary candidates mostly completed and published, observations of one candidate still to be analyzed. Ground based and Spitzer based observations completed and analysis in progress.

Theoretical models of planet formation substantially complete, one paper in press another in preparation.

Observations of molecular emission lines in protoplanetary disks in progress, preliminary analysis complete. Followup observations and publication of results in prepararion.

    Steinn Sigurdsson
    Project Investigator
    Avi Mandell
    Doctoral Student

    Objective 1.1
    Models of formation and evolution of habitable planets

    Objective 1.2
    Indirect and direct astronomical observations of extrasolar habitable planets