Cradle of Life

The Cradle of Life (CoL) working group focuses on four main science themes:

1) how Earth-like planets form;

2) how life originated on Earth;

3) what exoplanets look like;

and 4) the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI).

The SKA will study how sub-micron interstellar dust particles stick together and grow in proto-planetary disks as a key step in rocky planet formation; it will search for pre-biotic molecules such as amino acids and their precursors in the medium between stars; it will study the magnetosphere of exoplanets and their interaction with stellar winds; and it will perform deep searches for artificial signals from exoplanets in our neighbourhood.

Science activities and meetings:

  1. TNOs (Trans-Neptunian Objects) meeting organised by Thomas Muller and Pablo held in Granada (Spain) from the 25th to 27th of April to explore the TNO science that could be done in the future with the SKA.
  2. SKA Dutch community meeting held in the 24th of May at ASTRON in Dwingeloo.
  3. SKA CoL poster contribution at the “Astrochemistry: Past, Present & Future” meeting held at Caltech from the 10th to the 13th of July.
  4. SETI session at the COSPAR 42nd Assembly held in Pasadena from the 14th to the 22nd of July.

Publications related to the science areas covered within the CoL working group from April to August 2018:

– Invited review article for The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review on Radio Jets from Young Stellar Objects:

Anglada, L.F. Rodriguez & C. Carrasco-Gonzalez 2018, A&ARev -> The link for the pre-print can be found here:

– Radio interferometric observations of an asteroid occultation:

Harju, K. Lehtinen, J. Rommey, et al. 2018, submitted to Astronomical Journal -> The link can be found here:

– Detection of dust continuum linear polarisation with the JVLA toward IRAS16293-2422:

  1. B. Liu, Y. Hasegawa, T.-C. Ching, et al. 2018, accepted to A&A -> Link can be found here:

Report provided by Cradle of Life SWG