The Birth and Death of Extrasolar Planets
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Extrasolar planets are a diverse population along all dimensions from individual physical characteristics such as mass and mean density to the dynamical characteristics of the planetary system such as semi-major axis and number of planets. The ease with which extrasolar planets seem to form has resulted in discoveries of planets around unlikely host stars such as tight binaries and evolved post main sequence remnant stellar cores. In order to understand the diversity of the extrasolar planet population we need to understand planet formation in detail. However, most of the process is difficult to observe directly. In this talk I will review numerical results of planetary evolution and also highlight a few particularly interesting observations of potentially extreme events from violent collisions to the death of a solar system that may help tie our theoretical evolution models to reality.
Physics lecture theatre C
February 14, 2020
From: 10h00 To: 11h00
University of St Andrews
The oldest university in Scotland, with international renown for both research and education of undergraduates and postgraduates.