A FRAMEWORK FOR CHARACTERIZING THE ATMOSPHERES OF LOW-MASS LOW-DENSITY TRANSITING PLANETS

@article{Fortney2013AFF,
  title={A FRAMEWORK FOR CHARACTERIZING THE ATMOSPHERES OF LOW-MASS LOW-DENSITY TRANSITING PLANETS},
  author={Jonathan J. Fortney and Christoph Mordasini and N. Nettelmann and Eliza M.-R. Kempton and Thomas P. Greene and Kevin J. Zahnle},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2013},
  volume={775},
  pages={80}
}
We perform modeling investigations to aid in understanding the atmospheres and composition of small planets of ~2-4 Earth radii, which are now known to be common in our Galaxy. GJ 1214b is a well-studied example whose atmospheric transmission spectrum has been observed by many investigators. Here we take a step back from GJ 1214b to investigate the role that planetary mass, composition, and temperature play in impacting the transmission spectra of these low-mass low-density (LMLD) planets… 
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