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Turbulent Vertical Mixing in Hot Exoplanet Atmospheres

Status Report From: arXiv.org e-Print archive
Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Kristen Menou (Toronto)

(Submitted on 28 Nov 2018)

Turbulent vertical transport driven by double-diffusive shear instabilities is identified as likely important in hot exoplanet atmospheres. In hot Jupiter atmospheres, the resulting vertical mixing appears sufficient to alleviate the nightside cold trap, thus facilitating the maintenance of nocturnal clouds on these planets. The strong level of vertical mixing expected near hot Jupiter thermal photospheres will impact their atmospheric chemistry and even their vertical structures where cloud radiative feedback proves important.

Comments: MNRAS Letters submitted

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

Cite as: arXiv:1811.11725 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1811.11725v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)

Submission history

From: Kristen Menou 

[v1] Wed, 28 Nov 2018 18:25:59 UTC (2,442 KB)

https://arxiv.org/abs/1811.11725

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