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Solar System Ice Giants: Exoplanets in our Backyard

Status Report From: arXiv.org e-Print archive
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Abigail Rymer, Kathleen Mandt, Dana Hurley, Carey Lisse, Noam Izenberg, H.Todd Smith, Joseph Westlake, Emma Bunce, Christopher Arridge, Adam Masters, Mark Hofstadter, Amy Simon, Pontus Brandt, George Clark, Ian Cohen, Robert Allen, Sarah Vine, Kenneth Hansen, George Hospodarsky, William Kurth, Paul Romani, Laurent Lamy, Philippe Zarka, Hao Cao, Carol Paty, Matthew Hedman, Elias Roussos, Dale Cruikshank, William Farrell, Paul Fieseler, Andrew Coates, Roger Yelle, Christopher Parkinson, Burkhard Militzer, Denis Grodent, Peter Kollmann, Ralph McNutt, Nicolas André, Nathan Strange, Jason Barnes, Luke Dones, Tilmann Denk, Julie Rathbun, Jonathan Lunine, Ravi Desai, Corey Cochrane, Kunio M. Sayanagi, Frank Postberg, Robert Ebert, Thomas Hill, Ingo Mueller-Wodarg, Leonardo Regoli, Duane Pontius, et al. (60 additional authors not shown)
(Submitted on 10 Apr 2018)

Future remote sensing of exoplanets will be enhanced by a thorough investigation of our solar system Ice Giants (Neptune-size planets). What can the configuration of the magnetic field tell us (remotely) about the interior, and what implications does that field have for the structure of the magnetosphere; energy input into the atmosphere, and surface geophysics (for example surface weathering of satellites that might harbour sub-surface oceans). How can monitoring of auroral emission help inform future remote observations of emission from exoplanets? Our Solar System provides the only laboratory in which we can perform in-situ experiments to understand exoplanet formation, dynamos, systems and magnetospheres.

Comments:    Exoplanet Science Strategy White Paper, submitted to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Space Studies Board, 9 March 2018
Subjects:    Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as:    arXiv:1804.03573 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1804.03573v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Abigail Rymer
[v1] Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:54:50 GMT (144kb)
https://arxiv.org/abs/1804.03573

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