Comparison of Jupiter interior models derived from first-principles simulations

B. Militzer, W. B. Hubbard

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Recently two groups used first-principles computer simulations to model Jupiter's interior. While both studies relied on the same simulation technique, density functional molecular dynamics, the groups derived very different conclusions. In particular estimates for the size of Jupiter's core and the metallicity of its hydrogen-helium mantle differed substantially. In this paper, we discuss the differences of the approaches and give an explanation for the differing conclusions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-133
Number of pages5
JournalAstrophysics and Space Science
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Aug 2009


  • Density functional theory
  • Equation of state
  • First-principles simulations
  • Giant planet interiors
  • Hydrogen-helium mixtures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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