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We review some of the characteristics of irradiated extrasolar giant planets (EGPs), in anticipation of their direct detection from the ground and from space. Spectral measurements are the key to unlocking their structural and atmospheric characteristics and to determining the true differences between giant planets and brown dwarfs. In this spirit, the theoretical spectral and atmospheric calculations we summarize here are in support of the many searches for EGPs to be conducted in the coming decade by astronomers from around the world.arXiv:astro-ph/0207518v1 fatcat:sr56wszabjgr3fmfauc7lnsn3a