The effect of evaporation on the evolution of close-in giant planets

@article{Baraffe2004TheEO,
  title={The effect of evaporation on the evolution of close-in giant planets},
  author={Isabelle Baraffe and Frank Selsis and Gilles Chabrier and Travis S. Barman and France Allard and Peter Hauschildt and Helmut Lammer},
  journal={Astronomy and Astrophysics},
  year={2004},
  volume={419}
}
We include the effect of evaporation in our evolutionary calculations of close-in giant planets, based on a recent model for thermal evaporation taking into account the XUV flux of the parent star (Lammer et al. 2003). Our analysis leads to the existence of a critical mass for a given orbital distance mcrit(a) below which the evaporation timescale becomes shorter than the thermal timescale of the planet. For planets with initial masses below mcrit, evaporation leads to a rapid expansion of the… 

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