University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

MN Institute for Astrophysics Colloquium

Friday, October 19th 2018
Speaker: Adam Frank, University of Rochester
Subject: Blowing Away Exoplanets: The Photo-evaporation of Planetary Atmospheres

Mass loss from exoplanets driven by stellar photo-ionizing fluxes may be a fundamental process setting the final state of planetary atmospheres and, therefore, habitability. In this talk I present new results from 3-D AMR multi-physics simulations exploring the processes and consequences of atmospheric photo-evporation including its observation signatures.

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