EAS Publications Series
Volume 33, 20082nd ARENA Conference: The Astrophysical Science Cases at Dome C
|Page(s)||71 - 74|
|Published online||13 November 2008|
H. Zinnecker, N. Epchtein and H. Rauer (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 33 (2008) 71-74
Characterizing Super-Earths in reflected light
LUTh – Observatoire de Paris, 92190 Meudon, France
We review the investigation of Super-Earths. After defining this category of planets, we briefly defend the paradigm that they may be good targets for the search of Life, since they may be abundant and all terrestrial concepts are valid for them. We then describe the scientific benefits of their characterization by analyzing (by spectroscopy and polarimetry) the light they reflect from the parent star. We finally compare the performances of space missions and Dome C approaches.
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2008
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