Probing the Interiors of Very Hot Jupiters Using Transit Light Curves

  title={Probing the Interiors of Very Hot Jupiters Using Transit Light Curves},
  author={Darin Ragozzine and Aaron S. Wolf},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
Accurately understanding the interior structure of extrasolar planets is critical for inferring their formation and evolution. The internal density distribution of a planet has a direct effect on the star-planet orbit through the gravitational quadrupole field created by the rotational and tidal bulges. These quadrupoles induce apsidal precession that is proportional to the planetary Love number (k 2p , twice the apsidal motion constant), a bulk physical characteristic of the planet that… Expand

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