Planetary Evaporation and the Dynamics of Planet Wind/Stellar Wind Bow Shocks

A. Frank, B. Lui, J. Carroll-Nellenback, A. C. Quillen, E. G. Blackman, J. Kasting, I. Dobbs-Dixon

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We present initial results of a new campaign of simulations focusing on the interaction of planetary winds with stellar environments using Adaptive Mesh Refinement methods. We have confirmed the results of Stone & Proga (2009) that an azimuthal flow structure is created in the planetary wind due to day/night temperatures differences. We show that a backflow towards the planet will occur with a strength that depends on the escape parameter. When a stellar outflow is included, we see unstable bow waves forming through the outflow's interaction with the planetary wind.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-240
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
StatePublished - 2015


  • Bow Shocks
  • Exo-planets. Evaporative Flows

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Space and Planetary Science


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