Joao Mendonca has won one of the MERAC funding and travel awards for 2016. These are administered by the Swiss Society for Astronomy and Astrophysics (SSAA).
Exoplanets & Exoclimes Group
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Joao Mendonca has recently collaborated in a work aimed at analysing global energy budgets and ‘Trenberth diagrams’ for the climates of terrestrial and gas giant planets. The online paper version can be found here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/qj.2704/abstract
Heng & Lyons (2016) has now been officially published by the Astrophysical Journal:
It studies the relative abundances of carbon dioxide versus carbon monoxide and water, and thereby examines the chemical plausibility of published retrieval studies.
The manuscript of Heng, Lyons & Tsai (2015), which deals with a formalism for understanding atmospheric chemistry from the viewpoint of an astrophysicist, has just been accepted by the Astrophysical Journal.
Congratulations to Matej Malik, who was awarded the MERAC funding and travel award on his project about HELIOS.
Maria Oreshenko has successfully defended her Masters thesis work on GCMs and the optical phase curves of hot Jupiters. She will obtain her Masters degree from ETH Zurich and join the EEG as a new Ph.D student working on various theoretical topics related to exoplanetary atmospheres. Congrats, Maria!
A review article on the atmospheric dynamics of hot exoplanets has been published in the Annual Review of Earth & Planetary Sciences by Kevin Heng and Adam Showman.
Daniel Kitzmann has published a paper in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, which reports that the feedback cycle for carbon dioxide is unstable on ocean-dominated exoplanets and limits their habitability.
The Delta Electronics Foundation has officially announced the public lecture associated with the NCU-Delta Award on their website.
These Keynote/PDF slides were used at the CHEOPS workshop in Madrid (2015) to explain the findings in the Heng et al. (2015) work, which presented a non-isothermal theory for interpreting sodium-doublet observations in exoplanetary atmospheres. They should serve as a pedagogical aid towards better understanding the paper.