Tidal locking of habitable exoplanets

@article{Barnes2017TidalLO,
  title={Tidal locking of habitable exoplanets},
  author={Rory Barnes},
  journal={Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy},
  year={2017},
  volume={129},
  pages={509-536}
}
  • R. Barnes
  • Published 9 August 2017
  • Physics
  • Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy
Potentially habitable planets can orbit close enough to their host star that the differential gravity across their diameters can produce an elongated shape. Frictional forces inside the planet prevent the bulges from aligning perfectly with the host star and result in torques that alter the planet’s rotational angular momentum. Eventually the tidal torques fix the rotation rate at a specific frequency, a process called tidal locking. Tidally locked planets on circular orbits will rotate… Expand
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