Magnetized Atmospheres of Hot Exoplanets

Comparative planetology now encompasses a large set of extrasolar planets. Direct observational constraints on the atmospheres of several very hot exoplanets have become available. I will report on various efforts to interpret these observations in terms of atmospheric responses to unusual forcing conditions. In particular, the role of magnetic induction in partially-ionized atmospheres will be emphasized and its potential to elucidate several puzzles regarding these hot exoplanets will be explored.

Cody Hall

Kristen Menou (Columbia U)

September 04, 2012
15:00 - 16:00