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Exoplanet Atmospheres Physical Processes

ISBN-10: 0691146454
ISBN-13: 9780691146454
Edition: 2010
Authors: Sara Seager
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Book details

List price: $52.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/22/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Sara Seager is professor of planetary science and physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Preface
Introduction
Exoplanets from Afar
Two Paths to Observing Exoplanet Atmospheres
Types of Planets
Intensity and Flux
Introduction
Intensity
Flux and Other Intensity Moments
Surface Flux
Observed Flux
Luminosity and Outgoing Energy
Incident Flux and Incident Energy
Black Body Intensity and Black Body Flux
Lambert Surface
Summary
Temperature, Albedos, and Flux Ratios
Introduction
Energy Balance
Planetary Temperatures
Planetary Albedos
Planet-Star Flux Ratios
Planetary Phase Curves
Summary
Composition of a Planetary Atmosphere
Introduction
Composition of Earth's and Jupiter's Atmospheres
Chemical Composition
Basic Cloud Physics
Atmospheric Escape
Atmospheric Evolution
Summary
Radiative Transfer I: Fundamentals
Introduction
Opacity
Optical Depth
Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium
The Source Function
The Equation of Radiative Transfer
Summary
Radiative Transfer II: Solutions
Introduction
A Conceptual Description of the Emergent Spectrum
An Introduction to Line Formation
Approximate Solutions to the Plane-Parallel Radiative Transfer Equation
Monte Carlo Radiative Transfer
Summary
Polarization
Introduction
Description of Polarized Radiation
Polarization Calculations
Polarization from Planets
Summary
Opacities
Introduction
Energy Levels in Atoms and Molecules
Molecular Absorption Cross Sections
Rayleigh Scattering
Condensate Opacities
Summary
Vertical Thermal Structure of a Planetary Atmosphere
Introduction
Earth's Vertical Atmospheric Structure
Hydrostatic Equilibrium and the Pressure Scale Height
Surface Temperature for a Simplified Atmosphere
Convection versus Radiation
The Radiative Equilibrium Temperature Profile
The Adiabatic Temperature Profile
The One-Dimensional Temperature-Pressure Profile
Temperature Retrieval
Summary
Atmospheric Circulation
Introduction
Radiative and Advective Timescales
Large-Scale Flow and Patterns
Atmospheric Dynamics Equations
Connection to Observations
Summary
Atmospheric Biosignatures
Introduction
Earth's Biosignatures
The Ideal Biosignatures Gas
Prospects
Summary
Planetary Data
Index

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