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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:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Describes the basic physical processes, including radiative transfer, molecular absorption, and chemical processes, common to all planetary atmospheres as well as the transit, eclipse, and thermal phase variation observations that are unique to exoplanets.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Seager, Sara.
Exoplanet atmospheres.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2010
(OCoLC)753429608
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sara Seager
ISBN: 9780691119144 0691119147 9780691146454 0691146454
OCLC Number: 466343197
Description: xii, 243 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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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