Characterizing exoplanets atmospheres with space photometry at optical wavelengths

Vivien Parmentier, Tristan Guillot, Adam P. Showman, Jonathan Fortney, Mark Marley

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Space photometry such as performed by Kepler and CoRoT provides exoplanets radius and phase curves with an exquisite precision. The phase curve constrains the longitudinal variation of the albedo and shed light on the horizontal distribution of clouds. The planet radius constraints thermal evolution of the planet, potentially unveiling its atmospheric composition. We present how the atmospheric circulation can affect the cloud distribution of three different planets, HD209458b, Kepler-7b and HD189733b based on three-dimensional models and analytical calculations. Then we use an analytical atmospheric model coupled to a state-of-the-art interior evolution code to study the role of TiO in shaping the thermal evolution and final radius of the planet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number02002
JournalEPJ Web of Conferences
StatePublished - Sep 23 2015
EventCoRoT Symposium 3, Kepler KASC-7 Joint Meeting on Space Photometry Revolution - Toulouse, France
Duration: Jul 6 2014Jul 11 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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