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Astrophysics > Earth and Planetary Astrophysics

Title: Compositions of Hot Super-Earth Atmospheres: exploring Kepler Candidates

Abstract: This paper outlines a simple approach to evaluate the atmospheric composition of hot rocky planets by assuming different types of planetary composition and using corresponding model calculations. To explore hot atmospheres above 1000 K, we model the vaporization of silicate magma and estimate the range of atmospheric compositions according to the planet's radius and semi-major axis for the Kepler February 2011 data release. Our results show 5 atmospheric types for hot, rocky super-Earth atmospheres, strongly dependent on the initial composition and the planet's distance to the star. We provide a simple set of parameters that can be used to evaluate atmospheric compositions for current and future candidates provided by the Kepler mission and other searches.
Comments: 5 pages, Accepted for publication in ApJ Letters
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)
Cite as: arXiv:1110.2426 [astro-ph.EP]
  (or arXiv:1110.2426v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)

Submission history

From: Yamila Miguel [view email]
[v1] Tue, 11 Oct 2011 16:47:22 GMT (284kb)