Colloquium: Chris Palmer (Space Flight)
09 oktober 2019 09:00 - Locatie: Lecture Room K, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Kluyverweg 1, Delft.
Geometric effects on the flux and polarization signals of Jupiter-like exoplanets
The reflected flux and polarization signals from an exoplanet contain information about the microphysical properties of its atmosphere but become influenced by the geometry of the system when they are integrated over the planetary disk. This thesis adapts a radiative transfer code and uses it to compare the influence of inhomogeneous cloud cover, rotation-induced oblateness, orbit inclination, tidal deformation and obliquity on the disk-integrated reflected light signal. It also investigates the importance of including a host star with a real angular size in the model planet's sky when simulating scattering by exoplanetary atmospheres.