The Interior Structure, Composition, and Evolution of Giant Planets

@article{Fortney2010TheIS,
  title={The Interior Structure, Composition, and Evolution of Giant Planets},
  author={J. Fortney and N. Nettelmann},
  journal={Space Science Reviews},
  year={2010},
  volume={152},
  pages={423-447}
}
We discuss our current understanding of the interior structure and thermal evolution of giant planets. This includes the gas giants, such as Jupiter and Saturn, that are primarily composed of hydrogen and helium, as well as the “ice giants,” such as Uranus and Neptune, which are primarily composed of elements heavier than H/He. The effect of different hydrogen equations of state (including new first-principles computations) on Jupiter’s core mass and heavy element distribution is detailed. This… Expand
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