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Goyal et al. 2018

Goyal, J.M., N. Mayne, D.K. Sing, B. Drummond, P. Tremblin, D.S. Amundsen, T. Evans, A.L. Carter, J. Spake, I. Baraffe, N. Nikolov, J. Manners, G. Chabrier, and E. Hebrard, 2018: A library of ATMO forward model transmission spectra for hot Jupiter exoplanets. Mon. Not. Roy. Astron. Soc., 474, no. 4, 5158-5185, doi:10.1093/mnras/stx3015.

We present a grid of forward model transmission spectra, adopting an isothermal temperature-pressure profile, alongside corresponding equilibrium chemical abundances for 117 observationally significant hot exoplanets (equilibrium temperatures of 547-2710 K). This model grid has been developed using a 1D radiative-convective-chemical equilibrium model termed ATMO, with up-to-date high temperature opacities. We present an interpretation of observations of 10 exoplanets, including best fit parameters and χ2 maps. In agreement with previous works, we find a continuum from clear to hazy/cloudy atmospheres for this sample of hot Jupiters. The data for all the 10 planets are consistent with sub-solar to solar C/O ratio, 0.005 to 10 times solar metallicity and water rather than a methane-dominated infrared spectra. We then explore the range of simulated atmospheric spectra for different exoplanets, based on characteristics such as temperature, metallicity, C/O-ratio, haziness and cloudiness. We find a transition value for the metallicity between 10 and 50 times solar, which leads to substantial changes in the transmission spectra. We also find a transition value of C/O ratio, from water to carbon species dominated infrared spectra, as found by previous works, revealing a temperature dependence of this transition point ranging from ~0.56 to ~1-1.3 for equilibrium temperatures from ~900 to ~2600 K. We highlight the potential of the spectral features of HCN and C2H2 to constrain the metallicities and C/O ratios of planets, using James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) observations. Finally, our entire grid (~460,000 simulations) is publicly available and can be used directly with the JWST simulator PandExo for planning observations.

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  author={Goyal, J. M. and Mayne, N. and Sing, D. K. and Drummond, B. and Tremblin, P. and Amundsen, D. S. and Evans, T. and Carter, A. L. and Spake, J. and Baraffe, I. and Nikolov, N. and Manners, J. and Chabrier, G. and Hebrard, E.},
  title={A library of ATMO forward model transmission spectra for hot Jupiter exoplanets},
  journal={Mon. Not. Roy. Astron. Soc.},

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RIS Citation

ID  - go01600j
AU  - Goyal, J. M.
AU  - Mayne, N.
AU  - Sing, D. K.
AU  - Drummond, B.
AU  - Tremblin, P.
AU  - Amundsen, D. S.
AU  - Evans, T.
AU  - Carter, A. L.
AU  - Spake, J.
AU  - Baraffe, I.
AU  - Nikolov, N.
AU  - Manners, J.
AU  - Chabrier, G.
AU  - Hebrard, E.
PY  - 2018
TI  - A library of ATMO forward model transmission spectra for hot Jupiter exoplanets
JA  - Mon. Not. Roy. Astron. Soc.
VL  - 474
IS  - 4
SP  - 5158
EP  - 5185
DO  - 10.1093/mnras/stx3015
ER  -

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