Cradle of Life
Cradle of Life Working Group Introduction
This working group aims to understand how the SKA can be used to uncover the ‘Cradle of Life’ across the formation and evolution of stars & planets. The higher frequencies covered by SKA will enable observations of the earliest stages of the raw material for planet formation, and also allow deep searches for prebiotic molecules (such as amino acids) both within and beyond our solar system. The lowest frequencies can be used to detect and characterise magnetic fields around exoplanets via auroral radio emission. Across the full frequency range, SKA will also carry out systematic, volume-limited searches of exoplanet systems for signals from technologically advanced civilisations. These high impact research areas will answer some of the most fundamental questions in modern astronomy.
2021 November: Solar System science with the SKA D. Bockelée-Morvan (Obs. Paris, CNRS); P. Santos-Sanz (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía); P. Zarka (Obs. Paris, CNRS, Nançay Radio Observatory) Recording
2021 October: Planet-forming disks in the era of ALMA Laura Pérez (Universidad de Chile, Chile) Recording
2021 September: Radio observations as a tool to unveil star-planet interaction in M-dwarfs Miguel Perez-Torres (Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia, Spain) Recording
2021 June: Observing planetary auroral radio emission Jake Turner (Cornell University, USA) Recording
2021 May: Breakthrough Listen MeerKAT SETI search Cherry Ng (University of Toronto, Canada) Recording
2021 April: Observing protoplanetary disks with the SKA John Ilee (University of Leeds, UK) Recording
2021 February: Radio stars and exoplanets at low-frequencies Joe Callingham (Leiden University, The Netherlands) Recording | Slides
2021 January: From protostellar disks to planetary atmospheres with SKA: Back to cm-wavelengths with new perspective Claudio Codella (Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri – INAF, Firenze, Italy) Recording
Related 2004 “Science with the Square Kilometre Array” Chapters
Published in New Astronomy Reviews, Volume 48, Issue 11-12
- “The Cradle of Life” Lazio et al.
- “The solar-stellar connection” White
- “Star formation at high angular resolution” Hoare
- “Late stages of stellar evolution” Marvel
- “Imaging protoplanetary disks with the square kilometre array” Wilner
- “Microarcsec astrometry using the SKA” Fomalont & Reid
- “Solar system science with the SKA” Butler et al.
- “Astrobiology and SETI” Tarter
Working Group Membership
Members of the the CoL Working Group can be found here
We actively encourage interested researchers to participate in the working group.
Please contact the co-chairs if you are interested in joining the group, with a brief description of your area of research.
The current co-chairs are:
- John Ilee (University of Leeds, UK), J.D.Ilee@leeds.ac.uk
- Cherry Ng (University of Toronto, Canada), email@example.com
Guidelines on who can join the group can be found here
- Laurent Lamy 2020-2022
- Josep Miguel Girart 2020-2022
- Izaskun Jimenez-Serra 2017-2020
- Doug Johnstone 2017-2020
- Andrew Siemion 2015-2017
- Di Li 2015-2017
- Melvin Hoare 2013-2015