Stellar UV Light & the Origins of Life

September 27, 2018
Phillips Auditorium
CfA
Abstract: 

I will discuss recent results on the environmental context - astrophysical and planetary, that makes possible the synthesis of precursor molecules to RNA, peptides, and lipids. My focus will be on the role of stellar mid-range UV light from about 200 to 300 nm as a source of energy and as a very specific selection agent in chemical evolution.

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