On the Radii of Extrasolar Giant Planets

  title={On the Radii of Extrasolar Giant Planets},
  author={Peter H. Bodenheimer and Gregory P. Laughlin and Douglas N. C. Lin},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  pages={555 - 563}
We have computed evolutionary models for extrasolar planets that range in mass from 0.1MJ to 3.0MJ and that range in equilibrium temperature from 113 to 2000 K. We present four sequences of models, designed to show the structural effects of a solid (20 M⊕) core and of internal heating due to the conversion of kinetic to thermal energy at pressures of tens of bars. The model radii at ages of 4-5 Gyr are intended for future comparisons with radii derived from observations of transiting extrasolar… 

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