Special Issue "Habitability of Planets in Stellar Binary Systems"

A special issue of Galaxies (ISSN 2075-4434).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Cesare Chiosi

Department of Physics and Astronomy "Galileo Galilei", University of Padova, Vicolo dell'Osservatorio 3, 35122 Padova, Italy
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Interests: stellar structure and evolution; galactic and extragalactic stellar populations; theory of papulation synthesis; chemical evolution of galaxies; galaxy formation and evolution; cosmic star formation
Guest Editor
Dr. Silvano Desidera

INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Vicolo dell'Osservatorio 5, 35122 Padova, Italy
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Interests: search for extrasolar planets with various techniques (radial velocity, direct imaging, transits); Planets in binaries; including circumbinary planets; Physical characterization of planets and brown dwarfs; Characterization of planet hosts; Identification and chacterization of young stars

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Stellar binaries are very common. This statement certainly applies to the Milky Way galaxy, including the solar system neighborhood. The purpose of this special issue, entitled "Habitability of Planets in Stellar Binary Systems", is to provide an update overview of the prospect of the habitability in binary systems considering the large body of results, encompassing both observations and theoretical work. Regarding the former, planets have been identified in different types of binary systems, as they can be part of different kinds of star–planet configurations. Previous theoretical studies focused on the likelihood of habitability need to be reconsidered, as for some systems the geometrical extent of the habitable zone may have been truncated due to the planetary orbital stability requirement. Some of these results are also expected to depend on the adopted planetary climate model, and may furthermore be shaped by different kinds of star–planet interactions. Akin to single stars, the possibility of planetary habitability may also be impacted by the mode and strength of stellar activity, including but not limited to energetic radiation and winds. Most fundamentally, the formation of planets in binary systems and the impact of stellar evolution on the habitability of planets also deserve careful consideration.

Prof. Dr. Cesare Chiosi
Dr. Silvano Desidera
Guest Editors

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  • stellar binaries
  • habitability
  • stellar evolution

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