Journal article

Testing the mirror world hypothesis for the close-in extrasolar planets

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ACTA PHYSICA POLONICA B | JAGIELLONIAN UNIV PRESS | Published : 2004

Abstract

Because planets are not expected to be able to form close to stars due to the high temperatures, it has been suggested that the observed close orbiting (∼ 0.05 AU) large mass planets (∼ MJ) might be mirror worlds - planets composed predominately of mirror matter. The accretion of ordinary matter onto the mirror planet (from e.g. the solar wind from the host star) will make the mirror planet opaque to ordinary radiation with an effective radius Rp. It was argued in a previous paper, Phys. Lett. B505, 1 (2001), that this radius was potentially large enough to explain the measured size of the first transiting close-in extrasolar planet, HD209458b. Furthermore, Phys. Lett. B505, 1 (2001) made th..

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