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Synthetic Evolution Tracks of Giant Planets

Müller, Simon; Helled, Ravit

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  "publisher": "Zenodo", 
  "DOI": "10.5281/zenodo.5552993", 
  "author": [
      "family": "M\u00fcller, Simon"
      "family": "Helled, Ravit"
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
  "abstract": "<p>Giant planet evolution models play a crucial role in interpreting observations and constraining formation pathways. However, the simulations can be slow or prohibitively difficult.<br>\n<br>\nTo address this issue, we calculate a large suite of giant planet evolution models using a state-of-the-art planetary evolution code. Using these data, we create the python program <em>planetsynth</em> that generates synthetic coolingtracks by interpolation. Given the planetary mass, bulk &amp; atmospheric metallicity, and incident stellar irradiation, the program calculates how the planetary radius, luminosity, effective temperature, and surface gravity evolve with time.<br>\n<br>\nWe demonstrate the capabilities of our models by&nbsp;estimating the metallicities from mass-radius measurements and by showing how atmospheric measurements can further constrain the planetary bulk composition. We also estimate the mass and metallicity of the young giant planet 51 Eri b from its observed luminosity.<br>\n<br>\nSynthetic evolution tracks have many applications, and we suggest that they are valuable for both theoretical and observational investigations into the nature of giant planets.</p>", 
  "title": "Synthetic Evolution Tracks of Giant Planets", 
  "type": "speech", 
  "id": "5552993"
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