Exoplanetary systems: past, present, and future
Comparative exoplanetology with consistent retrieval methods
Joanna Barstow
Suzanne Aigrain and Patrick Irwin (University of Oxford), David Sing (University of Exeter)
University College London
The number of hot Jupiters with broad wavelength spectroscopic data has finally become large enough to make comparative planetology a reasonable proposition. New results presented by Sing et al. (2016) showcase ten hot Jupiters with spectra from the Hubble Space Telescope and photometry from Spitzer, providing insights into the presence of clouds and hazes.

Spectral retrieval methods allow interpretation of exoplanet spectra using simple models, with minimal prior assumptions. This is particularly useful for exotic exoplanets, for which we may not yet fully understand the physical processes responsible for their atmospheric characteristics. Consistent spectral retrieval of a range of exoplanets can allow robust comparisons of their derived atmospheric properties.

I will present a retrieval analysis using the NEMESIS code (Irwin et al. 2008) of the hot Jupiter spectra presented by Sing et al. (2016). The only distinctive aspects of the model for each planet are the mass and radius, and the temperature range explored. All other a priori model parameters are common to all ten objects. I test a range of cloud and haze scenarios, and uncover trends with temperature that might indicate the presence of different cloud species condensing out.

Irwin + 2008, JQSRT, 109, 1136
Sing + 2016, Nature, 529, 59
16:30 - 18:00
EX - LT3 (320)