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How Atmospheric and Planetary Interiors Affect the Observable Atmosphere in Giant Planets
October 16 @ 2:30 pm
Benjamin Leblanc, MSc Candidate
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Observations of transiting exoplanets has been limited by space- and ground-based telescopes not initially designed for precise time series spectrophotometry or by the small sample size of directly imaged planets. To properly understand the atmospheres of giant planets there will need to be a larger sample size than the robustly characterized brown dwarfs because planetary atmospheres have many additional complicating factors. Atmospheric observables such as the visible atmosphere and detectable spectrum are heavily reliant on the deep atmosphere, interior structure, and history of the planet. I will discuss work done by Fortney et al. (2019) to demonstrate how these unlikely contributors greatly affect the atmospheric observables and how the study of exoplanet atmospheres gives insight into the formation, evolution, and structure of giant planets.
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