Pumping the eccentricity of exoplanets by tidal effect

  title={Pumping the eccentricity of exoplanets by tidal effect},
  author={A. C. M. Correia and Gwena{\"e}l Bou{\'e} and Jacques Laskar},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
Planets close to their host stars are believed to undergo significant tidal interactions, leading to a progressive damping of the orbital eccentricity. Here we show that when the orbit of the planet is excited by an outer companion, tidal effects combined with gravitational interactions may give rise to a secular increasing drift on the eccentricity. As long as this secular drift counterbalances the damping effect, the eccentricity can increase to high values. This mechanism may explain why… Expand

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