Tuesday, April 16, 2013

1304.4148 (T. M. Rogers et al.)

On the Tidal Dissipation of Obliquity    [PDF]

T. M. Rogers, D. N. C. Lin
We investigate tidal dissipation of obliquity in hot Jupiters. Assuming an initial random orientation of obliquity and parameters relevant to the observed population, the obliquity of hot Jupiters does not evolve to purely aligned systems. In fact, the obliquity evolves to either prograde, retrograde or 90^{o} orbits where the torque due to tidal perturbations vanishes. This distribution is incompatible with observations which show that hot jupiters around cool stars are generally aligned. This calls into question the viability of tidal dissipation as the mechanism for obliquity alignment of hot Jupiters around cool stars.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1304.4148

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