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Kane et al. 2018

Kane, S.R., A.Y. Ceja, M.J. Way, and E.V. Quintana, 2018: Climate modeling of a potential ExoVenus. Astrophys. J., 869, no. 1, 46, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aaec68.

The planetary mass and radius sensitivity of exoplanet discovery capabilities has reached into the terrestrial regime. The focus of such investigations is to search within the Habitable Zone where a modern Earth-like atmosphere may be a viable comparison. However, the detection bias of the transit and radial velocity methods lies close to the host star where the received flux at the planet may push the atmosphere into a runaway greenhouse state. One such exoplanet discovery, Kepler-1649b, receives a similar flux from its star as modern Venus does from the Sun, and so was categorized as a possible exoVenus. Here we discuss the planetary parameters of Kepler-1649b with relation to Venus to establish its potential as a Venus analog. We utilize the general circulation model ROCKE-3D to simulate the evolution of the surface temperature of Kepler-1649b under various assumptions, including relative atmospheric abundances. We show that in all our simulations the atmospheric model rapidly diverges from temperate surface conditions towards a runaway greenhouse with rapidly escalating surface temperatures. We calculate transmission spectra for the evolved atmosphere and discuss these spectra within the context of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) capabilities. We thus demonstrate the detectability of the key atmospheric signatures of possible runaway greenhouse transition states and outline the future prospects of characterizing potential Venus analogs.

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BibTeX Citation

  author={Kane, S. R. and Ceja, A. Y. and Way, M. J. and Quintana, E. V.},
  title={Climate modeling of a potential ExoVenus},
  journal={Astrophysical Journal},

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RIS Citation

ID  - ka07300l
AU  - Kane, S. R.
AU  - Ceja, A. Y.
AU  - Way, M. J.
AU  - Quintana, E. V.
PY  - 2018
TI  - Climate modeling of a potential ExoVenus
JA  - Astrophys. J.
JO  - Astrophysical Journal
VL  - 869
IS  - 1
SP  - 46
DO  - 10.3847/1538-4357/aaec68
ER  -

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