Magnetohydrodynamic Effects in Hot Planetary Atmospheres;


The first discoveries of extrasolar planets around main-sequence stars revealed the wide-spread presence of planetary bodies that reside in close proximity to their host stars. Through the process of thermal ionization, intense stellar irradiation renders close-in planetary atmospheres electrically conductive. Accordingly, our efforts have been focused on understanding the consequences of magnetic effects on large-scale atmospheric circulation as well as thermal evolution of the interiors of close-in giant planets.


Konstantin Batygin