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Surveying the solar neighborhood for ozone in the UV at temperate rocky exoplanets

Published onMay 31, 2019
Surveying the solar neighborhood for ozone in the UV at temperate rocky exoplanets
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Abstract

This whitepaper shows ozone to be the best potential biosignature gas for an early exoplanet imaging mission. While oxygen is not detectable at Earth until about 0.5 Ga, its proxy ozone is detectable for about half of that history. Ozone’s pronounced UV feature yields a small starshade and telescope and a simple photometer instrument.

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