Atmospheres of Hot Super-Earths

@article{Castan2011AtmospheresOH,
  title={Atmospheres of Hot Super-Earths},
  author={T. Castan and K. Menou},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2011},
  volume={743}
}
  • T. Castan, K. Menou
  • Published 2011
  • Physics
  • The Astrophysical Journal
  • Hot super-Earths likely possess minimal atmospheres established through vapor saturation equilibrium with the ground. We solve the hydrodynamics of these tenuous atmospheres at the surface of CoRot-7b, Kepler-10b, and 55 Cnc-e, including idealized treatments of magnetic drag and ohmic dissipation. We find that atmospheric pressures remain close to their local saturation values in all cases. Despite the emergence of strongly supersonic winds which carry sublimating mass away from the substellar… CONTINUE READING
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