Hot Jupiters are the first discovered and best studied class of exoplanets. They are Jupiter-like planets that orbit their star every 3 days, with dayside temperatures reaching ~1500-3000K, cooler nightsides of ~1000K and possibly supersonic atmospheric winds. A variety of unexplored hydrodynamical and magnetic fluid effects likely operate on these planets. This project aims to explore several such scenarios.
The student(s) will use a publicly available fluid code to simulate relevant flows and instabilities on such planets using a supercomputing platform. The outcome of these simulations will help interpret the observables that astronomers routinely collect on hot Jupiter planets.
Knowledge of fluid dynamics + basic experience with computational physics + some exposure to C & python.
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