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Volume 16, 2011Research, Science and Technology of Brown Dwarfs and Exoplanets: Proceedings of an International Conference held in Shangai on Occasion of a Total Eclipse of the Sun
|Number of page(s)
|Brown Dwarf and Planet Characterization
|18 July 2011
Spectroscopic detection and characterisation of planetary atmospheres
1 Centre for Astrophysics Research, University of Hertfordshire
2 Lowell Observatory, Planetary Research Centre, 1400 West Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, USA
3 Departments of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
4 Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics
5 University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
6 Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, Birkenhead CH41 1LD, UK
7 SUPA, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SS, UK
8 Universidad de Chile, Casilla Postal 36D, Santiago, Chile
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Space based broadband infrared observations of close orbiting extrasolar giant planets at transit and secondary eclipse have proved a successful means of determining atmospheric spectral energy distributions and molecular composition. Here, a ground-based spectroscopic technique to detect and characterise planetary atmospheres is presented. Since the planet need not be transiting, this method enables a greater sample of systems to be studied. By modelling the planetary signature as a function of phase, high resolution spectroscopy has the potential to recover the signature of molecules in planetary atmospheres.
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