Thermal Escape from Super Earth Atmospheres in the Habitable Zones of M Stars

@inproceedings{Tian2009ThermalEF,
  title={Thermal Escape from Super Earth Atmospheres in the Habitable Zones of M Stars},
  author={Feng Tian},
  year={2009}
}
A fundamental question for exoplanet habitability is the long-term stability of the planet’s atmosphere. We numerically solve a one-dimensional multi-component hydrodynamic thermosphere/ionosphere model to examine the thermal and chemical responses of the primary CO2 atmospheres of heavy super Earths (6–10 Earth masses) in the habitable zones of typical low-mass M stars to the enhanced soft X-ray and ultraviolet (XUV) fluxes associated with the prolonged high-activity levels of M stars. The… CONTINUE READING

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