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Course Dual Degree (B. Tech + M.S / M.Tech)
Semester Electives
Subject Code ESA473
Subject Title Exoplanets and Astrobiology


Properties of known exoplanets – exoplanet surveys – detection methods – formation, interior and evolution of planets – brown dwarf exoplanets connection – close orbiting exoplanets – multiple planet systems – planets in binary systems – moons of exoplanets. Origin of life – prebiotic molecules and development of life forms – habitable zone – Mars and life – Icy bodies (Europa and others) – Titan’s atmosphere – detection of exoplanets – search for extraterrestrial life.

Text Books

1. Exoplanets: Detection, Formation, Properties and Habitability by John W Mason, Springer

2. Extrasolar Planets by Cassen, Patrick, Guillot, Tristan, Quirrenbach, A. Queloz, D.; Udry, S.; Mayor, M.; Benz, W. (Eds.), SAAS Fee Advance Course 31, Springer

3. An introduction to Astrobiology by I. Gilmour and M.A. Sephton, Cambridge University Press.


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