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ID: 606315.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
Exploring the habitable zone for Kepler planetary candidates
Authors:Kaltenegger, L.; Sasselov, D.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2011
Journal Abbrev.:The Astrophysical Journal Letters
Volume:736
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:This Letter outlines a simple approach to evaluate habitability of terrestrial planets by assuming different types of planetary atmospheres and using corresponding model calculations. Our approach can be applied for current and future candidates provided by the Kepler mission and other searches. The resulting uncertainties and changes in the number of planetary candidates in the HZ for the Kepler 2011 February data release are discussed. To first order, the HZ depends on the effective stellar flux distribution in wavelength and time, the planet albedo, and greenhouse gas effects. We provide a simple set of parameters which can be used for evaluating future planet candidates from transit searches.
Free Keywords:astrobiology; atmospheric effects; Earth; methods: data analysis; planets and satellites: general; stars: individual: Kepler
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
Identifiers:URL:http://cdsads.u-strasbg.fr/abs/2011ApJ...736L..25K
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