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Habitable Zones Around Main-Sequence Stars: Dependence on Planetary Mass

Ravi Kumar Kopparapu Ramses M. Ramirez James Schottelkotte James F. Kasting Shawn Domagal-Goldman Vincent Eymet 1
1 SSE 2014
L3AB - Laboratoire d'astrodynamique, d'astrophysique et d'aéronomie de bordeaux, OASU - Observatoire aquitain des sciences de l'univers, LAB - Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux [Pessac], Université Sciences et Technologies - Bordeaux 1
Abstract : The ongoing discoveries of extrasolar planets are unveiling a wide range of terrestrial mass (size) planets around their host stars. In this letter, we present estimates of habitable zones (HZs) around stars with stellar effective temperatures in the range 2600 K - 7200 K, for planetary masses between 0.1 ME and 5 ME. Assuming H2O (inner HZ) and CO2 (outer HZ) dominated atmospheres, and scaling the background N2 atmospheric pressure with the radius of the planet, our results indicate that larger planets have wider HZs than do smaller ones. Specifically, with the assumption that smaller planets will have less dense atmospheres, the inner edge of the HZ (runaway greenhouse limit) moves outward (~10% lower than Earth flux) for low mass planets due to larger greenhouse effect arising from the increased H2O column depth. For larger planets, the H2O column depth is smaller, and higher temperatures are needed before water vapor completely dominates the outgoing longwave radiation. Hence the inner edge moves inward (7% higher than Earth's flux). The outer HZ changes little due to the competing effects of the greenhouse effect and an increase in albedo. New, 3-D climate model results from other groups are also summarized, and we argue that further, independent studies are needed to verify their predictions. Combined with our previous work, the results presented here provide refined estimates of HZs around main-sequence stars and provide a step towards a more comprehensive analysis of HZs.
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Ravi Kumar Kopparapu, Ramses M. Ramirez, James Schottelkotte, James F. Kasting, Shawn Domagal-Goldman, et al.. Habitable Zones Around Main-Sequence Stars: Dependence on Planetary Mass. The Astrophysical journal letters, Bristol : IOP Publishing, 2014, 787 (2), L29. ⟨10.1088/2041-8205/787/2/L29⟩. ⟨hal-01016703⟩



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