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03 July 2022
 
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Ultraviolet Spectropolarimetry as a Tool for Understanding the Diversity of Exoplanetary Atmospheres
L. Fossati ; L. Rossi ; D. Stam ; A. García Muñoz ; J. Berzosa-Molina ; P. M. Arenal ; J. Caballero ; J. Cabrera ; A. Chiavassa ; J.-M. Desert ; M. Godolt ; L. Grenfell ; C. Haswell ; P. Kabath ; K. Kislyakova ; A. Lanza ; A. Lecavelier des Etangs ; M. Lendl ; E. Pallé ; H. Rauer ; S. Rugheimer ; A. Vidotto ;
Date 14 Mar 2019
AbstractThe polarization state of starlight reflected by a planetary atmosphere uniquely reveals coverage, particle size, and composition of aerosols as well as changing cloud patterns. It is not possible to obtain a comparable level of detailed from flux-only observations. Furthermore, polarization observations can probe the atmosphere of planets independently of the orbital geometry (i.e., transiting and non-transiting planets). We show that a high-resolution spectropolarimeter with a broad wavelength coverage, particularly if attached to a large space telescope, would enable simultaneous study of the polarimetric exoplanet properties of the continuum and to look for and characterize the polarimetric signal due to scattering from single molecules.
Source arXiv, 1903.5834
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