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The extrasolar planets are one of the research focuses of modern astronomy. Their detection in the close vicinity of their brilliant central stars require the highest possible skills in observational accuracy, instrument performance and data evaluation. The investigation of those objects yield new insights into the physics and chemistry of planets in general, hence into the origin of our home world.

Detection methods employ the observation of various parameters of stellar light as well as of the evolving planets themselves.

This work covers the evolution and dynamics of planets as well as their detection now and in the future.This latest, up-to-date resource for research on extrasolar planets covers formation, dynamics, atmospheres and detection. After a look at the formation of giant planets, the book goes on to discuss the formation and dynamics of planets in resonances, planets in double stars, atmospheres and habitable zones, detection via spectra and transits, and the history and prospects of ESPs as well as satellite projects

Synopsis:

This latest, up-to-date resource for research on extrasolar planets covers formation, dynamics, atmospheres and detection. After a look at the formation of giant planets, the book goes on to discuss the formation and dynamics of planets in resonances, planets in double stars, atmospheres and habitable zones, detection via spectra and transits, and the history and prospects of ESPs as well as satellite projects.

Edited by a renowned expert in solar system dynamics with chapters written by the leading experts in the method described — from the US and Europe — this is an ideal textbook for graduates, students in astronomy, and astronomers.

About the Author

Rudolf Dvorak, now serving at the Institute of Astronomy in Vienna, has gained research experience in planet research at international institutions including the Bureau des Longitudes in Paris. Some 100 publications provide ample proof. His connections allowed him to assemble the team of leading authors to cover all aspects of the detection of distant worlds.

Table of Contents

Preface.

List of Contributors.

1 Planetary Masses and Orbital Parameters from Radial Velocity Measurements (C. Beaugé, S. Ferraz-Mello, and T. A. Michtchenko).

1.1 Exoplanet Detection.

1.2 Radial Velocity in Astrocentric Elements.

1.3 Orbital Fits from Radial Velocity Curves.

1.3.1 Primary Parameters.

1.3.2 Secondary Parameters.

1.3.3 N-Body Fits.

1.4 Coordinate Systems and Equations of Motion.

1.4.1 Barycentric Hamiltonian Equations.

1.4.2 Jacobi Hamiltonian Formalism.

1.4.3 Poincaré Hamiltonian Formalism.

1.4.4 Generalized Orbital Elements and Delaunay Variables.

1.4.5 Comparisons Between Coordinate Systems.

1.4.6 The Conservation of the Angular Momentum.

2 Terrestrial Planets in Extrasolar Planetary Systems (R. Dvorak and E. Pilat-Lohinger).

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 The Methods of Investigation.

2.3 Basics of the Formation of Terrestrial Planets.

2.4 Stability Studies of Terrestrial Planets.

2.4.1 The G2 Systems and Gliese 777A.

2.4.2 Theoretical and Numerical Stability Investigation of the G4 and EPS HD108874.

2.5 A Global Approach: The Exocatalogue.

2.6 Terrestrial Planets in Multiplanetary Systems.

2.6.1 The Changing Story of HD74156.

2.7 Conclusions.

3 Mission Requirements: How to Search for Extrasolar Planets (M. Fridlund and L. Kaltenegger).

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Formulation of the Problem and High-level Scientific Requirements.

3.3 Comparative Planetology.

3.4 Methods and the Need to go into Space.

3.5 Space Missions.

3.5.1 MOST – The First Step.

3.5.2 CoRoT – The First True Exoplanetary Mission.

3.5.3 Kepler – The Exploration Continues.

3.5.4 The Role of the Herschel Mission in the Search for Other Earths.

3.5.5 GAIA – The First Global Survey Instrument and the Cosmic Census.

3.5.6 SIM – Planet Quest.

3.6 Darwin and the Terrestrial Planet Finder(s) – OtherWorlds with Life as we Know it.

3.6.1 Nulling Interferometry.

3.6.2 Background and Foreground Flux.

3.6.3 Model of an Exosolar System.

3.7 The Future – Mission Accomplished?

4 Biomarkers Set in Context (L. Kaltenegger and F. Selsis).

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Biomarkers.

4.3 Biomarker Signatures in DifferentWavelength Ranges.

4.4 Potential Biomarkers.

4.5 A Habitable Planet.

4.6 Oxygen and Ozone Production on Earth.

4.7 Cloud Features.

4.8 Biomarkers and their Evolution over Geological Times on Earth.

4.9 Planets around Different Stars.

4.10 Abiotic Sources.

4.11 Biomarkers Detection Set in Context.

4.11.1 Temperature and Radius of the Planets.

4.12 Orbital Flux Variations.

4.13 Summary.

5 The Formation of Resonant Planetary Systems (W. Kley and Z. Sándor).

5.1 The Solar System.

5.2 Extrasolar Systems in Mean-motion Resonance.

5.3 Planet–Disk Interaction.

5.4 Resonant Capture.

5.4.1 Hydrodynamical Studies.

5.4.2 Forced Migration.

5.4.3 Second Fundamental Model of Resonance.

5.4.4 Outcome of Resonant Encounters.

5.5 Specific Systems.

5.5.1 GJ 876: A Case of Adiabatic Migration.

5.5.2 Formation of Systems HD 128311 and HD 73526 through Mixed Scenarios.

5.6 Summary.

6 Impact of Stellar Activity on the Evolution of Planetary Atmospheres and Habitability (H. Lammer, M. L. Khodachenko, H. I. M. Lichtenegger, and Y. N. Kulikov).

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 The Habitable Zone Around Main-sequence Stars.

6.2.1 General Definition of the Habitable Zone.

6.2.2 The Circumstellar Habitable Zone.

6.2.3 Geophysical Factors which Influence Habitability.

6.2.4 Stellar Radiation and Particle Forcing.

6.3 The Impact of the Stellar Radiation on the Upper Atmosphere.

6.3.1 Heating, Cooling, and Expansion of the Upper Atmosphere.

6.3.2 Thermal Escape of Atmosphere andWater.

6.4 StellarWind and CME Plasma Interaction with Planetary Atmospheres.

6.4.1 Collision Probability Between Planets and CMEs.

6.4.2 Atmospheric Mass-loss Caused by CME Exposure.

6.5 Discussion.

7 Dynamics of the Extrasolar Planetary Systems (T. A. Michtchenko, S. Ferraz-Mello, and C. Beaugé).

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Classification of the Systems with Respect to their Dynamical Behavior.

7.3 Numerical Integrations, Dynamical Maps and Modeling.

7.4 Secular Dynamics: υ Andromedae Planets c and d.

7.4.1 Planar Dynamics.

7.4.2 Dynamical Maps.

7.4.3 3D Dynamics.

7.4.4 Inclination and Planetary Mass Indetermination.

7.4.5 Proximity to Mean-motion Resonances.

7.5 Resonant Dynamics: Planetary Systems in Mean-Motion Resonances.

7.5.1 GJ 876 Planets c and b.

7.5.2 HD 82943 Planets c and b.

7.6 Nearly Resonant Systems with Small Eccentricities.

8 Planets in Double Stars (E. Pilat-Lohinger and R. Dvorak).

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Computations and Methods.

8.3 General Stability Studies of Planetary Motion in Double-star Systems.

8.3.1 S-type Motion.

8.3.2 P-type Motion.

8.3.3 L-type Motion.

8.4 Application to Real Systems.

8.5 Influence of the Secondary.

8.6 Detected Planets in Binary Systems.

8.7 Summary.

9 The Transit Method (H. Rauer and A. Erikson).

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 Overview of Detected Transiting Planets.

9.2.1 From Predictions to Regular Detections.

9.2.2 Basic Parameters of the Known Transiting Planets.

9.3 The Transit Signal.

9.4 From Light Curves to Planets.

9.4.1 Transit Signal Detection.

9.4.2 Confirmation or Rejection.

9.5 Characterizing Factors of Transit Searches.

9.5.1 The Effective Duty Cycle.

9.5.2 Target Field Selection.

9.5.3 Noise Sources Affecting the Photometry.

9.6 Detection Probabilities.

9.7 Further Characterization of Transiting Planets.

9.8 Future Prospects.

10 US Programs and Space Missions for Extrasolar Planet Research (P. K. Seidelmann).

10.1 Introduction.

10.2 Kepler.

10.3 SIM PlanetQuest.

10.4 Terrestrial Planet Finder – Coronograph (TPF-C).

10.5 Terrestrial Planet Finder – Infrared (TPF-I).

10.6 Spitzer Space Telescope.

10.7 JamesWebb Space Telescope (JWST).

10.8 Microvariability and Oscillations of Stars (MOST).

10.9 Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).

10.10 Keck Interferometer.

10.11 Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI).

10.12 Palomar Observatory.

10.13 Pan-STARRS.

10.14 Thirty Meter Class Telescopes.

10.15 Scientific Results.

10.16 Conclusions.

11 Habitable Zones in Extrasolar Planetary Systems (W. von Bloh, C. Bounama, and S. Franck).

11.1 Introduction.

11.2 Modeling the Earth System.

11.2.1 Planetary Climate.

11.2.2 The Global Carbon Cycle.

11.2.3 Silicate-RockWeathering Rate.

11.2.4 Biological Productivity.

11.2.5 Geodynamics.

11.3 The Habitable Zone in the Solar System.

11.4 Habitable Zone Around Main-sequence Stars.

11.5 Dynamic Habitability in Extrasolar Planetary Systems.

11.5.1 Orbital Stability.

11.5.2 Results for 86 Extrasolar Planetary Systems.

11.6 Summary.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9783527621378
Subtitle:
Formation, Detection and Dynamics
Publisher:
Wiley-VCH
Author:
Dvorak, Rudolf
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Astronomy | Astrophysics
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080917
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
305
Dimensions:
240 x 16 x 170 mm 27 oz

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"Synopsis" by , This latest, up-to-date resource for research on extrasolar planets covers formation, dynamics, atmospheres and detection. After a look at the formation of giant planets, the book goes on to discuss the formation and dynamics of planets in resonances, planets in double stars, atmospheres and habitable zones, detection via spectra and transits, and the history and prospects of ESPs as well as satellite projects.

Edited by a renowned expert in solar system dynamics with chapters written by the leading experts in the method described — from the US and Europe — this is an ideal textbook for graduates, students in astronomy, and astronomers.

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