Origin and Evolution of Planetary Atmospheres

Implications for Habitability

  • Helmut Lammer

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Astronomy book series (BRIEFSASTRON)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Helmut Lammer
    Pages 1-14
  3. Helmut Lammer
    Pages 25-74
  4. Helmut Lammer
    Pages 89-91
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 93-98

About this book


Based on the author’s own work and results obtained by international teams he coordinated, this SpringerBrief offers a concise discussion of the origin and early evolution of atmospheres of terrestrial planets during the active phase of their host stars, as well as of the environmental conditions which are necessary in order for planets like the Earth to obtain N_2-rich atmospheres. Possible thermal and non-thermal atmospheric escape processes are discussed in a comparative way between the planets in the Solar System and exoplanets. Lastly, a hypothesis for how to test and study the discussed atmosphere evolution theories using future UV transit observations of terrestrial exoplanets within the orbits of dwarf stars is presented.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Helmut Lammer
    • 1
  1. 1., Space Research InstituteAustrian Academy of SciencesGrazAustria

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-32086-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-32087-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-9100
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-9119
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