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Ariel planetary interiors White Paper

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jats:titleAbstract</jats:title>jats:pThe recently adopted jats:italicAriel</jats:italic> ESA mission will measure the atmospheric composition of a large number of exoplanets. This information will then be used to better constrain planetary bulk compositions. While the connection between the composition of a planetary atmosphere and the bulk interior is still being investigated, the combination of the atmospheric composition with the measured mass and radius of exoplanets will push the field of exoplanet characterisation to the next level, and provide new insights of the nature of planets in our galaxy. In this white paper, we outline the ongoing activities of the interior working group of the jats:italicAriel</jats:italic> mission, and list the desirable theoretical developments as well as the challenges in linking planetary atmospheres, bulk composition and interior structure.</jats:p>


Funder: Universität Zürich


Ariel, Planetary interiors, Planet composition, Atmosphere-interior interaction

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Experimental Astronomy

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