The 3.6–8.0 μm Broadband Emission Spectrum of HD 209458b: Evidence for an Atmospheric Temperature Inversion
Knutson, Heather A.
Allen, Lori E.
Megeath, S. Thomas
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CitationKnutson, Heather A., David Charbonneau, Lori E. Allen, Adam Burrows, and S. Thomas Megeath. 2008. “The 3.6–8.0 Μm Broadband Emission Spectrum of HD 209458b: Evidence for an Atmospheric Temperature Inversion.” The Astrophysical Journal 673 (1): 526–31. https://doi.org/10.1086/523894.
AbstractWe estimate the strength of the bandpass-integrated thermal emission from the extrasolar planet HD 209458b at 3.6, 4.5, 5.8, and 8.0 mu m using the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) on the Spitzer Space Telescope. We observe a single secondary eclipse simultaneously in all four bandpasses and find relative eclipse depths of 0: 00094 +/- 0: 00009, 0: 00213 +/- 0: 00015, 0: 00301 +/- 0: 00043, and 0: 00240 +/- 0: 00026, respectively. These eclipse depths reveal that the shape of the inferred emission spectrum for the planet differs significantly from the predictions of standard atmosphere models; instead, the most plausible explanation would require the presence of an inversion layer high in the atmosphere leading to significant water emission in the 4.5 and 5.8 mu m bandpasses. This is the first clear indication of such a temperature inversion in the atmosphere of a hot Jupiter, as previous observations of other planets appeared to be in reasonably good agreement with the predictions of models without such an inversion layer.
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