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Planetary Evaporation and the Dynamics of Planet Wind/Stellar Wind Bow Shocks

  • A. Frank (a1), B. Lui (a1), J. Carroll-Nellenback (a1), A. C. Quillen (a1), E. G. Blackman (a1), J. Kasting (a2) and I. Dobbs-Dixon (a3)...

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We present initial results of a new campaign of simulations focusing on the interaction of planetary winds with stellar environments using Adaptive Mesh Refinement methods. We have confirmed the results of Stone & Proga (2009) that an azimuthal flow structure is created in the planetary wind due to day/night temperatures differences. We show that a backflow towards the planet will occur with a strength that depends on the escape parameter. When a stellar outflow is included, we see unstable bow waves forming through the outflow's interaction with the planetary wind.

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