Modelling the Upper Atmosphere of Gas-Giant Exoplanets Irradiated by Low-Mass Stars

  • Joshua Chadney

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  3. Joshua Chadney
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 157-169

About this book


This PhD thesis details the development of a new 1D ionospheric model to describe the upper atmospheres of extrasolar giant plants. The upper atmospheres of Hot Jupiters are subject to extreme radiation conditions that can result in rapid atmospheric escape. The composition and structure of these planets’ upper atmospheres are affected by high-energy emissions from the host star. The nature of these emissions depends on the stellar type and age, making them important factors in understanding the behaviour of exoplanetary atmospheres. 


Exoplanetary Aeronomy Exoplanetary Upper Atmosphere Ionosphere Thermosphere Low-mass Stars Exoplanet Host Star Stellar XUV Radiation Exoplanet Mass Loss

Authors and affiliations

  • Joshua Chadney
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  1. 1.Space Environment Physics, Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-63350-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-63351-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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