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Lecture Notes in Physics

Host Stars and their Effects on Exoplanet Atmospheres

An Introductory Overview

Authors: Linsky, Jeffrey

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Like planets in our solar system, exoplanets form, evolve, and interact with their host stars in many ways. As exoplanets acquire material and grow to the final size, their atmospheres are subjected to intense UV and X-radiation and high-energy particle bombardment from the young host star. Whether a planet can retain its atmosphere and the conditions for significant mass loss both depend upon the strength of the host star's high-energy radiation and wind, the distance of the exoplanet from its host star, the gravitational potential of the exoplanet, and the initial  chemical composition of the exoplanet atmosphere.

 

This introductory overview describes the physical processes responsible for the emission of radiation and acceleration of winds of host stars that together control the environment of an exoplanet, focusing on topics that are critically important for understanding exoplanetary atmospheres but are usually not posed from the perspective of host stars. Accordingly, both host stars and exoplanets are not studied in isolation but are treated as integrated systems. Stellar magnetic fields, which are the energy source for activity phenomena including high-energy radiation and winds, play a critical role in determining whether exoplanets are habitable.

 

This text is primarily for researchers and graduate students who are studying exoplanet atmospheres and habitability, but who may not have a background in the physics and phenomenology of host stars that provide the environment in which exoplanets evolve. It provides a comprehensive overview of this broad topic rather than going deeply into many technical aspects but includes a large list of references to guide those interested in pursuing these questions.  Nonspecialists with a scientific background should also find this text a valuable resource for understanding the critical issues of contemporary exoplanet research.


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Prof. Linsky's research involves the analysis of high-resolution stellar spectra, primarily in the ultraviolet, to measure the physical properties of stars, the atmospheres of exoplanets, gas in the local interstellar medium, and the abundance of deuterium in the Galaxy. With colleagues and students he has characterized and modelled the chromospheres and higher temperature layers of stars cooler than the Sun including pre-main sequence stars, M dwarf stars, and the host stars of exoplanets. Jeffrey Linsky has published 582 papers in the refereed astrophysical literature with a citation h index of 75.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Host Stars and their Effects on Exoplanet Atmospheres
Book Subtitle
An Introductory Overview
Authors
Series Title
Lecture Notes in Physics
Series Volume
955
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-11452-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-11452-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-11451-0
Series ISSN
0075-8450
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 273
Number of Illustrations
39 b/w illustrations, 104 illustrations in colour
Topics