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Friday, February 18, 2022
3:30 PM
Ridley Hall, Room G008

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"Failure to Social Distance: Breaking Gathering Limits in Titan's Lakes"


Alex Rosenthal , University of Virginia - Department of Physics
[Host: Stefan Baessler]
ABSTRACT:

Saturn's moon Titan is a geologically and meteorologically active world seen as a potential location for the development of life. While we cannot immediately answer "Is there life on TItan?" or even "Are there life-forming reactions occurring?" we can take a step back and investigate a more foundational question: "What chemistries are occurring?" The answers to this question are stepping stones to understanding broader processes such as weather cycles, geology, and potentially organic reactions. We attack this question using molecular dynamics simulations. By identifying molecules that cluster or exhibit other interesting behaviors, we hope to identify possible sites for interesting chemical reactions that could produce large or prebiotic molecules, as well as characterize those reactions.

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