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Observations of the atmospheres of extrasolar planets

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 October 2009

Timothy M. Brown
Affiliation:
High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307, USA
Roi Alonso
Affiliation:
Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, La Laguna, Tenerife, SPAIN
Michael Knölker
Affiliation:
High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307, USA
Heike Rauer
Affiliation:
Institute of Planetary Research, DLR, Rutherfordstrasse 2, 12489 Berlin, Germany
Wolfgang Schmidt
Affiliation:
Kiepenheuer Institut für Sonnenphysik, Freiburg, Germany
Mario Livio
Affiliation:
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore
Kailash Sahu
Affiliation:
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore
Jeff Valenti
Affiliation:
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore
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Summary

The extrasolar planets known to date have masses and orbital periods spanning a large range. Those for which we have definite knowledge about physical composition have much more restricted properties: they are either transiting planets with near-Jovian masses and orbital periods of a few days, or (as in a couple of recent discoveries) they are distant low-mass companions to objects that are themselves low-mass and young. Here we will concentrate on the former group of objects, and try to summarize what is known and conjectured concerning their atmospheres based on observations of their transits. By way of motivation and illustration of the ultimate possibilities available to transit observations, we begin by discussing recent observations of the transit of Venus in June 2004.

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A Decade of Extrasolar Planets around Normal Stars
Proceedings of the Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium, held in Baltimore, Maryland May 2–5, 2005
, pp. 50 - 65
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2008

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  • Observations of the atmospheres of extrasolar planets
    • By Timothy M. Brown, High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307, USA, Roi Alonso, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, La Laguna, Tenerife, SPAIN, Michael Knölker, High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307, USA, Heike Rauer, Institute of Planetary Research, DLR, Rutherfordstrasse 2, 12489 Berlin, Germany, Wolfgang Schmidt, Kiepenheuer Institut für Sonnenphysik, Freiburg, Germany
  • Edited by Mario Livio, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Kailash Sahu, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Jeff Valenti, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore
  • Book: A Decade of Extrasolar Planets around Normal Stars
  • Online publication: 22 October 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511536304.007
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  • Observations of the atmospheres of extrasolar planets
    • By Timothy M. Brown, High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307, USA, Roi Alonso, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, La Laguna, Tenerife, SPAIN, Michael Knölker, High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307, USA, Heike Rauer, Institute of Planetary Research, DLR, Rutherfordstrasse 2, 12489 Berlin, Germany, Wolfgang Schmidt, Kiepenheuer Institut für Sonnenphysik, Freiburg, Germany
  • Edited by Mario Livio, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Kailash Sahu, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Jeff Valenti, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore
  • Book: A Decade of Extrasolar Planets around Normal Stars
  • Online publication: 22 October 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511536304.007
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  • Observations of the atmospheres of extrasolar planets
    • By Timothy M. Brown, High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307, USA, Roi Alonso, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, La Laguna, Tenerife, SPAIN, Michael Knölker, High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307, USA, Heike Rauer, Institute of Planetary Research, DLR, Rutherfordstrasse 2, 12489 Berlin, Germany, Wolfgang Schmidt, Kiepenheuer Institut für Sonnenphysik, Freiburg, Germany
  • Edited by Mario Livio, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Kailash Sahu, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Jeff Valenti, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore
  • Book: A Decade of Extrasolar Planets around Normal Stars
  • Online publication: 22 October 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511536304.007
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