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.
Publications related to the CoL working group from November 2017 to March 2018:
Observations of radio bursts from exoplanets and cool or active stars:
– Turner, Jake D., Grießmeier, Jean-Mathias, Zarka, Philippe, Vasylieva, Iaroslavna 2017, refereed proceeding in “Planetary Radio Emissions VIII”, G. Fischer, G. Mann, M. Panchenko and P. Zarka eds., Austrian Acad. Sci. Press, Vienna, in press, 2017
Breakthrough Listen Observations of the Oumuamua interstellar object to search for any signal:
– Enriquez, J. Emilio, Siemion, Andrew, Lazio, T. Joseph W., et al. 2018, “Breakthrough Listen Observations of 1I/’Oumuamua with the GBT,” Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society, Volume 2, Issue 1, article id. 9, 0 pp.
– Park, Ryan S., Pisano, D. J., Lazio, T. Joseph W., Chodas, Paul W., Naidu, Shantanu P. 2018, “Radio Observations of 1I/2017 U1 at the OH 18-cm Lines”, accepted for publication in Astronomical Journal, submitted -> arXiv:1803.10187
Review chapter on Planets, Sun, Stars and Civilisations included in the French SKA White Book (Chapter 2.4) -> Acero et al. 2017, arXiv:1712.06950
Review section on Molecular Complexity in Cold Cores and Hot Corinos included in the French SKA White Book (Section 2.3.4) -> Acero et al. 2017, arXiv:1712.06950