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Course Postgraduate
Semester Electives
Subject Code ESA673
Subject Title Exoplanets & Astrobiology


Properties of known exoplanets – exoplanet surveys – detection methods – formation, interior and evolution of planets – brown dwarf exoplanets c onnection – close orbiting exoplanets – multiple planet systems – planets in binary systems – moons of exoplanets Origin of life – prebiotic molecules and developmen t of life forms – habitable zone – Mars and life – Icy bodies (Europa and others) – Titan’s atm osphere – detection of exoplanets – search for extraterrestrial life.

Text Books

Same as Reference


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 Co urse 31, Springer

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