Research

Research at the CfAB covers a broad range of topics, from interstellar chemistry through planet formation and studies of exoplanets to molecular and evolutionary biology.

The Formation of Habitable Planets

Studies on the interface of astronomy, geosciences and planetary sciences aim to identify the key steps leading to the formation of habitable planets, including Earth.

Origins of Life

How did life begin? How did first life look like? Researchers use biology, geology and chemistry to travel back in geologic time and reconstruct life's first molecules and cells.

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Exoplanet Search and Characterization

Our exoplanet and planetary science projects aim to explore the frequency and properties of the planet population around other stars. We are developing and using high-contrast imaging techniques to discover and study new giant exoplanets, use exoplanetary transits for detailed atmospheric composition studies.

Planets in the Solar System

We carry out remote sensing studies of Solar System planets and satellites, including Mars, Saturn, and Titan. Our staff employs detailed physical-chemical models to interpret the observations.

Astrobiology Education and Outreach

We carry out remote sensing studies of Solar System planets and satellites, including Mars, Saturn, and Titan. Our staff employs detailed physical-chemical models to interpret the observations.

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