The interactions of cool stars with their surrounding exoplanets can have various origins: gravitation (tides), magnetism (stellar hot spots), wind-magnetosphere coupling (magnetic reconnection), and irradiation (atmospheric escape). They are expected to leave visible traces in a large part of the electromagnetic spectrum, in X-rays (e.g., stellar hot spots), infrared (evaporation of hot atmospheres), radio (planetary aurorae), among others. It was proposed that interactions influence the architecture of hot exosystems. Their manifestation generally adds up to the stellar spectrum with a non-trivial temporal modulation. When detected, star-planet interactions nevertheless provide a fantastic opportunity to understand stars, their environments (stellar wind particles and magnetic fields), and the plasma properties of exoplanets (magnetic fields and evaporating atmospheric particles).
The firm detection of star-planet interaction signatures is today scarce - the handful systems in which such interactions have been detected are also actively debated in the literature. This splinter session aims to gather experts to discuss different signatures of star-planet interactions and their reliability. Our aim is to identify, as a community, the most promising avenues to characterize them, in order to prepare the research community to leverage the wealth of ground-based and space-based observations that will become available in the coming decade.
In this splinter session, we aim to bring together observers/theoreticians whose diverse research interests are linked to star-planet interactions. We will address the following questions:
- What can we learn from observed star-planet interactions?
- How can the detailed knowledge acquired by the solar system community be applied in the case of hot exosystems?
- How to better disentangle star-planet interactions signals from stellar activity in the stellar spectra?
- Wilson Cauley, on observational signatures of star-planet interactions
- Moira Jardine, on the present theoretical understanding of star-planet interactions
- Melodie Kao, on perspectives on the radio observations of star-planet interactions
Submit your abstract: deadline to be announced
We welcome contributions from the stellar/solar/(exo)planet communities. We will prioritise talks that focus on observational and/or theoretical exploration of different manifestations of star-planet interactions.
Given the reschedule of CS21, we will announce the deadline of abstract submission in due time.
Programme: Day to be determined, afternoon
CS21 has been postponed to 5-9 July 2021 (preliminary dates) and the splinter organisers still do not know when the sessions will be scheduled. We will update the new date as soon as we hear from the CS21 organisers.
The splinter programme will be presented a few weeks after the abstract deadline.
Poster pop-up session:
We plan on including a pop-up poster presentation during the session. Preference will be given to students and early post-docs. More details will follow later.
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- Antoine Strugarek (DAp-AIM, CEA Paris-Saclay, France)
- Rim Fares (United Arab Emirates University, UAE)
- Aline Vidotto (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)