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Paper accepted for publication by the Astrophysical Journal - Co-Author: Dr. Mark Marley
Monday, January 3, 2011
Over the ensuing years Marley focused on the emerging fields of brown dwarf and extrasolar planet research and did not have a chance to return to Jim's project. However many of the advances required to these new fields of study were highly relevant to the giant planet problem, including preparation of new opacity tables and a new cloud model developed by Marley and Andy Ackerman.
Ultimately Jonathan Fortney arrived at Ames as an NPP postdoc and began using and improving the giant planet atmosphere code which now included the Ackerman and Marley cloud treatment. Jonathan, now an assistant professor of astronomy at UCSC, used the code to compute boundary condition tables and combined these with his own giant planet evolution code. The resulting study of giant planet evolution is precisely the one originally envisioned by Jim Pollack sixteen years ago.