Università degli Studi di Trieste - Dipartimento di Fisica
Corso di Laurea Magistrale Interateneo in Fisica
Percorso formativo di Astrofisica e Cosmologia

Planets and Astrobiology

Academic Year 2020-2021

Giovanni Vladilo and Stavro Ivanovski
(INAF-Trieste Astronomical Observatory)

Solar System
Overview  -  Dynamics  -  The Earth as a Planet  -  Rocky planets interiors
Rocky planets volatiles  -  Rocky planets energy budget  -  Minor bodies (inner Solar System)
Giant planets  -  Satellites (outer Solar System)  -  Minor bodies (outer Solar System)

Introduction  - Direct imaging  - Doppler method  -  Timing & Astrometric methods  -  Microlensing & Transit methods
Statistical properties  -  Architecture of planetary systems  -  Host stars  -  Characterization  -  Atmospheres

Planetary formation
Star formation  - Protoplanetary disks
Observational constraints on planetary formation  -  Models of planetary formation

Astrochemistry 1  -  Astrochemistry 2

Introduction  -  Physical properties and chemical ingredients of life
Water and carbon in terrestrial life  -  Metabolic and genetic macromolecules  -  Life in a cosmic context
Extremophiles: physico-chemical limits of life  -  Habitability  -  Planetary climates & habitable zones
Prebiotic chemistry  -  From molecular replicators to protocells  -  The terrestrial context for the origin of life  -  Life evolution
Astrobiology in the inner Solar System  -  Astrobiology in the outer Solar System
Exoplanets: Habitability and Biosignatures  -  Galactic Habitability