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Uranus and Neptune: Origin, Evolution and Internal Structure

Helled, Ravit and Nettelmann, Nadine and Guillot, Tristan (2020) Uranus and Neptune: Origin, Evolution and Internal Structure. Space Science Reviews, 216, p. 38. Springer. doi: 10.1007/s11214-020-00660-3. ISSN 0038-6308.

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There are still many open questions regarding the nature of Uranus and Neptune, the outermost planets in the Solar System. In this review we summarize the current-knowledge about Uranus and Neptune with a focus on their composition and internal structure, formation including potential subsequent giant impacts, and thermal evolution. We present key open questions and discuss the uncertainty in the internal structures of the planets due to the possibility of non-adiabatic and inhomogeneous interiors. We also provide the reasoning for improved observational constraints on their fundamental physical parameters such as their gravitational and magnetic fields, rotation rates, and deep atmospheric composition and temperature. Only this way will we be able to improve our understating of these planetary objects, and the many similar-sized objects orbiting other stars.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/138504/
Document Type:Article
Title:Uranus and Neptune: Origin, Evolution and Internal Structure
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Helled, RavitInstitute for Computational Science, University of Zurich, Zurich, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Nettelmann, NadineUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1608-7185UNSPECIFIED
Guillot, TristanObservatoire de la Côte d'AzurUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Space Science Reviews
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:p. 38
Keywords:Uranus, Neptune
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Project PLATO (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Extrasolar Planets and Atmospheres
Deposited By: Nettelmann, Nadine
Deposited On:27 Nov 2020 10:59
Last Modified:28 Jun 2023 13:00

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