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Vladimir Airapetian Research Professor in Residence Physics

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1989 - PhD in Astrophysics, Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenian Academy of Sciences, Armenia

1982 - Master of Science in Theoretical Physics, Yerevan State University, Yerevan Armenia

Languages Spoken
English, Armenian, Russian
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Vladimir Airapetian is a Research Professor at American University, DC and Senior Scientist at NASA GSFC. Prof. Airapetian is leading an international effort to understand the origin and the impact of exoplanetary space weather on climate and habitability of terrestrial type exoplanets using a multi-observatory observing efforts and numerical simulation techniques. Vladimir Airapetian is * a member of the Steering Committee of NASA’s The Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) * a member of the Steering Committee of Prebiotic Chemistry and Early Earth Environment Research Coordination Networks (RCN), a member of leadership of Sellers Exoplanetary Environment Collaboration (SEEC) PI of NASA’s Exobiology program on theoretical and experimental studies of prebiotic chemistry initiated by the effects of magnetic activity from the young Sun and active solar-type stars. PI of the TESS Cycle 1 proposal to characterize the signatures and effects of magnetic activity of young solar-type stars on nearby exoplanetary systems, an integral part of the current proposal. Co-I of another TESS Cycle 1 proposal to study effects of flares from M dwarfs on exoplanets. Airapetian is also involved into the NASA/SEEC study to model the rate of atmospheric escape from terrestrial exoplanets driven by XUV flare emission and dynamic pressure of winds from young solar-type stars and M dwarfs.

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PI: NASA Exobiology “Prebiotic Chemistry of Early Earth and Mars” (FY17-FY20) PI: TESS Cycle I “Evolving Magnetic Lives of Young Suns” (FY19-FY20) Co-I The Hubble Space Telescope Cycle 27 project "Evolving Magnetic Lives of Young Suns" PI: SEEC ISFM: “Impact of Extreme Space Weather on Climates of Terrestrial Type Exoplanets” PI: SEEC ISFM: “Measuring Magnetic Field Effects in Hot Giants” Participant (or chair) in NASA HSD, ASD, PSD and NSF (exoplanetary science) review panel Reviewer of Nature Geoscience, Nature Astronomy, Geosciences, ApJ, ApJ Let Participant in NASA HSD, ASD, PSD (exoplanetary science and astrobiology) review panel Reviewer of Nature Geoscience, Nature Astronomy, Geosciences, ApJ, ApJ Letters Significant publications Airapetian, V. S., Jin, M., Lueftinger, T., Danchi, W., van der Holst, B., Manchester, W. B. (2019) One Year in the Life of The Variable Young Sun, ApJ, submitted. Kay, C., Airapetian, V. S., Lüftinger, T., Kochukhov, O. (2019) Frequency of Coronal Mass Ejections Impacts with Early Terrestrial Planets, ApJ Let, 886, L37-L43. Airapetian, V. S. & 44 co-authors (2019) Impact of Exoplanetary Space Weather on Climate and Habitability, Review paper, Int. Journal of Astrobiology, 1-57. Saxena, P. P., Killen, R. M., Airapetian, V. S., Petro, N. E. and Mandell, A. (2019) Was the Sun a slow rotator? ‐ Sodium and Potassium constraints from the Lunar regolith. ApJ Let, 876, L16-L26. Lynch, Airapetian, V. S., DeVore, C. R. et al. (2019) Modeling of a Carrington-scale Stellar Supetflare and Coronal Mass Ejections from k1 Ceti, ApJ, 880, 97-109. Airapetian, V. S. (2018) Terrestrial planets under the young Sun, Nature Astronomy, 2, 448-449. Dong, C. F., Jin, M., Lingam, M., Airapetian, V. S., Ma, Y. J., van der Holst, B. (2018). Atmospheric escape from the TRAPPIST-1 planets and implications for habitability. PNAS, 115, 260-265. Airapetian, V. S., Jackman, C. H., Mlynczak, M., Danchi, W., Hunt, L. (2017) Atmospheric Beacons of Life from Exoplanets Around G and K Stars, Nature Scientific Reports, 7, 14141-14150 Airapetian, V. S., Glocer, A., Khazanov, G. V. et al. (2017). How hospitable are space weather affected habitable zones? The role of ion escape. Ap J Let, 836, L3-L9. Airapetian, V. S., Glocer, A., Gronoff, G., E. Hébrard, E., Danchi, W. (2016). Prebiotic chemistry and atmospheric warming of early Earth by an active young Sun. Nature Geoscience, 9, Issue 6, 452-255.
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