Brown University School of Engineering

Fluids Seminar: Atmospheric Dynamics of Hot-Jupiters

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm

James Cho Queen Mary, University of London and Harvard University Atmospheric Dynamics of Hot-Jupiters There are now more than 100 Jupiter-like planets whose rotation rates can be plausibly constrained, lending their atmospheric flow dynamics to be studied in detail. In this talk, I shall briefly introduce 'hot-Jupiters', and their fit in the current planetary science and astronomy context. Idealized 2-D and less-idealized 3-D numerical simulations of the large-scale circulations on hot-Jupiters will be presented. Such studies constitute the first step towards ultimately understanding climate and habitability of planets outside the Solar System. Physical consistency and numerical convergence in current hot-Jupiter flow modeling will also be briefly discussed.