ON THE EXISTENCE OF SHOCKS IN IRRADIATED EXOPLANETARY ATMOSPHERES

@article{Heng2012ONTE,
  title={ON THE EXISTENCE OF SHOCKS IN IRRADIATED EXOPLANETARY ATMOSPHERES},
  author={Kevin Heng},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal Letters},
  year={2012},
  volume={761}
}
  • K. Heng
  • Published 31 October 2012
  • Physics, Geology
  • The Astrophysical Journal Letters
Supersonic flows are expected to exist in the atmospheres of irradiated exoplanets, but the question of whether shocks develop lingers. Specifically, it reduces to whether continuous flow in a closed loop may become supersonic and if some portions of the supersonic flow steepen into shocks. We first demonstrate that continuous, supersonic flow may exist in two flavors: isentropic and non-isentropic, with shocks being included in the latter class of solutions. Supersonic flow is a necessary but… 

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