Spectrum and atmosphere models of irradiated transiting giant planets

Ivan Hubeny, Adam Burrows

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Abstract

We show that a consistent fit to observed secondary eclipse data for several strongly irradiated transiting planets demands a temperature inversion (stratosphere) at altitude. Such a thermal inversion significantly influences the planet/star contrast ratios at the secondary eclipse, their wavelength dependences, and, importantly, the day-night flux contrast during a planetary orbit. The presence of the thermal inversion/stratosphere seems to roughly correlate with the stellar flux at the planet. Such temperature inversions might be caused by an upper-atmosphere absorber whose exact nature is still uncertain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-245
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Volume4
Issue numberS253
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2008

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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