Spitzer Phase-curve Observations and Circulation Models of the Inflated Ultrahot Jupiter WASP-76b

  title={Spitzer Phase-curve Observations and Circulation Models of the Inflated Ultrahot Jupiter WASP-76b},
  author={Erin M. May and Thaddeus D. Komacek and Kevin B. Stevenson and Eliza M.-R. Kempton and Jacob L. Bean and Matej Malik and Jegug Ih and Megan Mansfield and Arjun B. Savel and Drake L. Deming and Jean-Michel D{\'e}sert and Y. Katherina Feng and Jonathan J. Fortney and Tiffany Kataria and Nikole Lewis and Caroline V. Morley and Emily Rauscher and A. P. Showman},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
The large radii of many hot Jupiters can only be matched by models that have hot interior adiabats, and recent theoretical work has shown that the interior evolution of hot Jupiters has a significant impact on their atmospheric structure. Due to its inflated radius, low gravity, and ultrahot equilibrium temperature, WASP-76b is an ideal case study for the impact of internal evolution on observable properties. Hot interiors should most strongly affect the nonirradiated side of the planet, and… 

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