Stevenson, David J. (1998) States of matter in massive planets. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 10 (49). pp. 11227-11234. ISSN 0953-8984 http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:STEjpcm98
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This brief article addresses the question: among the very large number of interesting condensed matter physics issues, which are particularly interesting from a planetary perspective? Following some definitions and background, it is argued that we need to understand relevant first-order phase transitions (especially the nature of the hydrogen phase diagram), the behaviour of the entropy (i.e., the Gruneisen parameter), the solubility and partitioning of minor elements (e.g. noble gases mixed with hydrogen), and microscopic transport properties, especially electrical and thermal conductivity. Examples are presented of how these issues influence current interpretations of the observations of Jupiter in particular. In the future, it may be possible to observe spectroscopically the compositions of extra-solar-system planets and brown dwarfs, and thereby learn more about the physics of these bodies.
|Additional Information:||© Institute of Physics and IOP Publishing Limited 1998. Received 17 August 1998. Print publication: Issue 49 (14 December 1998).|
|Subject Keywords:||BROWN DWARFS, PSEUDOPOTENTIAL CALCULATIONS, GIANT PLANETS, HYDROGEN, JUPITER, SATURN, HELIUM, EVOLUTION, COMPANION, MIXTURES|
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|Deposited By:||Tony Diaz|
|Deposited On:||07 Sep 2005|
|Last Modified:||26 Dec 2012 08:40|
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