GCM-motivated Multidimensional Temperature Parametrization Scheme for Phase-curve Retrieval

Ian Dobbs-Dixon, Jasmina Blecic

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We present a novel physically motivated, parametrized temperature model for phase-curve retrieval, able to self-consistently assess the variation in thermal structure in multidimensions. To develop this approach, we drew motivation from both full three-dimensional general circulation models and analytic formulations, accounting for the dominant dynamical feature of tidally locked planets, the planetary jet. Our formulation shows notable flexibility. It can generate planetary jets of various characteristics and redistribution efficiencies seen in the literature, including both standard eastward and unusual westward offset hotspots, as well as more exotic configurations for potential future observations. In our modeling scheme we utilize a tractable set of parameters efficient enough to enable future Bayesian analysis and, in addition to the resolved temperature structure, we return physical insights not yet derived from retrievals: the amplitude and the phase offset, and the location and the extent of the equatorial jet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number46
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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