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Transit signatures of inhomogeneous clouds on hot Jupiters: insights from microphysical cloud modeling

Abstract:

We determine the observability in transmission of inhomogeneous cloud cover on the limbs of hot Jupiters through post-processing a general circulation model to include cloud distributions computed using a cloud microphysics model. We find that both the east and west limbs often form clouds, but that the different properties of these clouds enhance the limb-to-limb differences compared to the clear case. Using the James Webb Space Telescope, it should be possible to detect the presence of clou...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.3847/1538-4357/ab55d9

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Publisher:
American Astronomical Society Publisher's website
Journal:
Astrophysical Journal Journal website
Volume:
887
Issue:
2
Article number:
170
Publication date:
2019-12-18
Acceptance date:
2019-11-07
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EISSN:
1538-4357
ISSN:
0004-637X
Pubs id:
1085079
Local pid:
pubs:1085079
Language:
English

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