The mass-radius relationship from solar-type stars to terrestrial planets: A review

G. Chabrier, I. Baraffe, J. Leconte, J. Gallardo, Travis S Barman

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Abstract

In this review, we summarize our present knowledge of the behaviour of the mass-radius relationship from solar-type stars down to terrestrial planets, across the regime of substellar objects, brown dwarfs and giant planets. Particular attention is paid to the identification of the main physical properties or mechanisms responsible for this behaviour. Indeed, understanding the mechanical structure of an object provides valuable information about its internal structure, composition and heat content as well as its formation history. Although the general description of these properties is reasonably well mastered, disagreement between theory and observation in certain cases points to some missing physics in our present modelling of at least some of these objects. The mass-radius relationship in the overlaping domain between giant planets and low-mass brown dwarfs is shown to represent a powerful diagnostic to distinguish between these two different populations and shows once again that the present IAU distinction between these two populations at a given mass has no valid foundation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIP Conference Proceedings
Pages102-111
Number of pages10
Volume1094
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event15th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems and the Sun - St. Andrews, United Kingdom
Duration: Jul 21 2008Jul 25 2008

Other

Other15th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems and the Sun
CountryUnited Kingdom
CitySt. Andrews
Period7/21/087/25/08

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terrestrial planets
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enthalpy
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Keywords

  • Brown dwarfs
  • Close
  • Eclipsing
  • Formation - binary
  • Fundamental parameters
  • General
  • Low-mass
  • Planetary systems
  • Visual

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Chabrier, G., Baraffe, I., Leconte, J., Gallardo, J., & Barman, T. S. (2009). The mass-radius relationship from solar-type stars to terrestrial planets: A review. In AIP Conference Proceedings (Vol. 1094, pp. 102-111) https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3099078

The mass-radius relationship from solar-type stars to terrestrial planets : A review. / Chabrier, G.; Baraffe, I.; Leconte, J.; Gallardo, J.; Barman, Travis S.

AIP Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1094 2009. p. 102-111.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Chabrier, G, Baraffe, I, Leconte, J, Gallardo, J & Barman, TS 2009, The mass-radius relationship from solar-type stars to terrestrial planets: A review. in AIP Conference Proceedings. vol. 1094, pp. 102-111, 15th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems and the Sun, St. Andrews, United Kingdom, 7/21/08. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3099078
Chabrier G, Baraffe I, Leconte J, Gallardo J, Barman TS. The mass-radius relationship from solar-type stars to terrestrial planets: A review. In AIP Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1094. 2009. p. 102-111 https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3099078
Chabrier, G. ; Baraffe, I. ; Leconte, J. ; Gallardo, J. ; Barman, Travis S. / The mass-radius relationship from solar-type stars to terrestrial planets : A review. AIP Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1094 2009. pp. 102-111
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