The MgI line: a new probe of the atmospheres of evaporating exoplanets

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Posted: Tuesday, November 4, 2014


V. Bourrier, A. Lecavelier des Etangs, A. Vidal-Madjar

(Submitted on 3 Nov 2014)

Transit observations of HD209458b in the UV revealed signatures of neutral magnesium escaping the planet's upper atmosphere. The absorption detected in the MgI line provides unprecedented information on the physical conditions at the altitude where the atmospheric blow-off takes place. Here we use a 3D model of atmospheric escape to estimate the transit absorption signatures in the MgI line of their host stars. The detectability of these signatures depends on the brightness of the star and the escape rate of neutral magnesium. We identify a sample of potentially evaporating exoplanets that covers a wide range of stellar and planetary properties, and whose extended exospheres might be detected through MgI line observations with current UV facilities, allowing further steps in comparative exoplanetology.

Comments: 4 pages, 2 figures

Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)

Cite as: arXiv:1411.0387 [astro-ph.EP) (or arXiv:1411.0387v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)

Submission history From: Vincent Bourrier Dr 

[v1] Mon, 3 Nov 2014 07:51:44 GMT (55kb,D)

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