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Exoplanet atmospheres : physical processes

Author: Sara Seager
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2010.
Series: Princeton series in astrophysics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Over the past twenty years, astronomers have identified hundreds of extrasolar planets--planets orbiting stars other than the sun. Recent research in this burgeoning field has made it possible to observe and measure the atmospheres of these exoplanets. This is the first textbook to describe the basic physical processes--including radiative transfer, molecular absorption, and chemical processes--common to all  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Seager, Sara.
Exoplanet atmospheres.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2010
(DLC) 2010924851
(OCoLC)466343197
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sara Seager
ISBN: 1400835305 9781400835300
OCLC Number: 753429608
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 243 pages) : illustrations.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction --
1.1. Exoplanets from Afar --
1.2. Two Paths to Observing Exoplanet Atmospheres --
1.3. Types of Planets --
2. Intensity and Flux --
2.1. Introduction --
2.2. Intensity --
2.3. Flux and Other Intensity Moments --
2.4. Surface Flux --
2.5. Observed Flux --
2.6. Luminosity and Outgoing Energy --
2.7. Incident Flux and Incident Energy --
2.8. Black Body Intensity and Black Body Flux --
2.9. Lambert Surface --
2.10. Summary --
3. Temperature, Albedos, and Flux Ratios --
3.1. Introduction --
3.2. Energy Balance --
3.3. Planetary Temperatures --
3.4. Planetary Albedos --
3.5. Planet-Star Flux Ratios --
3.6. Planetary Phase Curves --
3.7. Summary --
4. Composition of a Planetary Atmosphere --
4.1. Introduction --
4.2. Composition of Earth's and Jupiter's Atmospheres --
4.3. Chemical Composition. 4.4. Basic Cloud Physics --
4.5. Atmospheric Escape --
4.6. Atmospheric Evolution --
4.7. Summary --
5. Radiative Transfer I: Fundamentals --
5.1. Introduction --
5.2. Opacity --
5.3. Optical Depth --
5.4. Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium --
5.5. The Source Function --
5.6. The Equation of Radiative Transfer --
5.7. Summary --
6. Radiative Transfer II: Solutions --
6.1. Introduction --
6.2. A Conceptual Description of the Emergent Spectrum --
6.3. An Introduction to Line Formation --
6.4. Approximate Solutions to the Plane-Parallel Radiative Transfer Equation --
6.5. Monte Carlo Radiative Transfer --
6.6. Summary --
7. Polarization --
7.1. Introduction --
7.2. Description of Polarized Radiation --
7.3. Polarization Calculations --
7.4. Polarization from Planets --
7.5. Summary --
8. Opacities --
8.1. Introduction --
8.2. Energy Levels in Atoms and Molecules --
8.3. Molecular Absorption Cross Sections. 8.4. Rayleigh Scattering --
8.5. Condensate Opacities --
8.6. Summary --
9. Vertical Thermal Structure of a Planetary Atmosphere --
9.1. Introduction --
9.2. Earth's Vertical Atmospheric Structure --
9.3. Hydrostatic Equilibrium and the Pressure Scale Height --
9.4. Surface Temperature for a Simplified Atmosphere --
9.5. Convection versus Radiation --
9.6. The Radiative Equilibrium Temperature Profile --
9.7. The Adiabatic Temperature Profile --
9.8. The One-Dimensional Temperature-Pressure Profile --
9.9. Temperature Retrieval --
9.10. Summary --
10. Atmospheric Circulation --
10.1. Introduction --
10.2. Radiative and Advective Timescales --
10.3. Large-Scale Flow and Patterns --
10.4. Atmospheric Dynamics Equations --
10.5. Connection to Observations --
10.6. Summary --
11. Atmospheric Biosignatures --
11.1. Introduction --
11.2. Earth's Biosignatures --
11.3. The Ideal Biosignature Gas --
11.4. Prospects --
11.5. Summary.
Series Title: Princeton series in astrophysics.
Responsibility: Sara Seager.

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