Studying rocky planet interiors with catastrophically disintegrating exoplanets

Sept. 23, 2022, noon - 1 p.m.

Presented By:
James Owen
Imperial College London &

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The Kepler mission discovered a new class of rocky exoplanets: those so highly irradiated that their surfaces are melted, and the rock vapor atmosphere is escaping at such a rate that the planet is destroyed in a few Gyrs. These planets provide a unique opportunity to study their interior compositions by observing the escaping atmosphere. I will discuss the physics of this problem, our efforts to place basic constraints and the future with the James Webb Space Telescope.