Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
1080 Physics Research Building
Searching for Biosignatures from Other Worlds
Ji Wang - Caltech
Are we alone? This is arguably humanity’s most fundamental question. My research is to explore the possibilities of addressing this question with a handful of potentially habitable exoplanets and astronomical facilities that are currently available and will be available in the foreseeable future. I will talk about assessing habitability by means of planetary orbital architecture and stellar environment. I will further discuss searching for biosignatures in the atmospheres of the most promising candidates, with a novel technique that combines high contrast imaging and high-resolution spectroscopy. With a multi-pronged instrumentation upgrade, the LBT will enable both the habitability study and the biosignature search. The possibility of answering “Are we alone” will eventually become reality at OSU.
Coffee and Donuts will be served at 2:00pm in 4054 McPherson Lab.