Numerical simulations using a resistive MHD code are performed in order to investigate the interaction of the magnetospheres of hot Jupiters (or close-in extrasolar giant planets) with the central host stars. Because of the sub-Alfvénic nature of the stellar wind outflow at the orbital positions of these close-in exoplanets, no bow shock would form. When the orientation of the stellar coronal magnetic field is favorable to strong coupling with magnetic reconnection, the power (∼1027 ergs s-1) generated could reach the level of a typical solar flare. As a particular type of star-planet atmospheric interaction, as investigated by Cuntz, Saar, & Musielak, magnetospheric interaction as studied in this Letter could lead to extensive energy injection into the auroral zones of the exoplanets, producing massive atmospheric escape process as recently detected.
|頁（從 - 到）||L53-L56|
|出版狀態||已出版 - 10 2月 2004|