Extrasolar Planets: The Search for New Worlds

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Extrasolar Planets The Search for New Worlds Stuart Clark There have recently been many exciting developments in the search for planetary-sized bodies orbiting Sun-like stars. This book provides a timely, readable, yet comprehensive overview of this fast moving field. It presents the very latest discoveries and ideas, and covers the wealth of new and important observational data. An increasing number of suspected planets outside our own Solar System are now being found, and many objects have been independently ...
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Overview

Extrasolar Planets The Search for New Worlds Stuart Clark There have recently been many exciting developments in the search for planetary-sized bodies orbiting Sun-like stars. This book provides a timely, readable, yet comprehensive overview of this fast moving field. It presents the very latest discoveries and ideas, and covers the wealth of new and important observational data. An increasing number of suspected planets outside our own Solar System are now being found, and many objects have been independently confirmed. Surprisingly, the extrasolar planets discovered so far display orbital properties more diverse than those found in the Solar System. The implication of these discoveries for theories of planet formation and the possibilities of life elsewhere makes this an exciting and important field. In Extrasolar Planets, Stuart Clark discusses the formation and evolution of stars, and the processes leading to the formation of protoplanetary discs, planetesimals, embryonic planets and complete planetary systems. He describes in detail the various techniques currently being employed for the detection of extrasolar planets, and the results of searches to date. The author reviews the evidence for all suspected extrasolar planets, and discusses the theoretical problems posed by giant planets with small orbital radii and those in highly eccentric orbits. Brown dwarfs and possible planets around pulsars are also explored. The 'habitable zone' is described in the context of extrasolar planets which might support life, and the book discusses future planned searches for extrasolar planets, including those designed to detect Earth-sized worlds. Readership: Undergraduate and postgraduatestudents of astronomy, astrophysics, planetary sciences, life sciences, space science, physics, biophysics and theoretical physics, and professional researchers in these fields. Amateur astronomers and non-specialists having an interest in planetary science in general and extrasolar planets in particular.
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Aslib Book Guide
Yet another book on the search for possible planets...and one of the best so far...it will appeal to students and practitioners in astronomy, life sciences and various branches of physics as well as to amateur astronomers.
The Science Book Board Book Review
THE SEARCH FOR NEW WORLDS provides a wealth of important data about planetary science and extrasolar planets.
Aslib Book Guide
Yet another book on the search for possible planets...and one of the best so far...it will appeal to students and practitioners in astronomy, life sciences and various branches of physics as well as to amateur astronomers.
Science Book Board Book Review
The Search For New Worlds provides a wealth of important data about planetary science and extrasolar planets.
Booknews
Provides an overview of the developments in the search for planetary-sized bodies orbiting Sun-like stars. Discusses the formation and evolution of stars and the processes leading to the formation of protoplanetary discs, planetesimals, embryonic planets and complete planetary systems. Also examined are the techniques currently being employed for the detection of extrasolar planets and the results of those searches, as well as the theoretical problems posed by giant planets with small orbital radii and those in eccentric orbits, brown dwarfs, and the possible planets around pulsars. The final chapter speculates on finding habitable and inhabited worlds. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"THE SEARCH FOR NEW WORLDS provides a wealth of important data about planetary science and extrasolar planets." (The Science Book Board Book Review, 1999)

"Yet another book on the search for possible planets...and one of the best so far...it will appeal to students and practitioners in astronomy, life sciences and various branches of physics as well as to amateur astronomers." (Aslib Book Guide, Vol. 64, No. 3, March 1999)

"the enthusiasm with which the book has been written is likely to whet the appetite of interested readers" (Contemporary Physics, Vol.42, No.4, 2001)

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Meet the Author

Stuart Clark received his B.Sc. in Astronomy with Physics as a mature student from the University of Hertfordshire in 1992. A part-time lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, he is also part of a research team studying the dusty envelopes of young stars, a field related to the subject matter of this book. He has been writing professionally for over a decade, and has written and lectured extensively on the subject of extrasolar planets. He is the author of six books, including Towards the Edge of the Universe, a review of modern cosmology for undergraduates, published by Wiley-Praxis in 1997.

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Table of Contents

Author's preface
Acknowledgements
List of illustrations, colour plates and tables
1 The Galaxy of Stars 1
2 The Formation of Stars 23
3 The Solar System 53
4 Formation of the Solar System 79
5 Brown Dwarfs 97
6 51 Pegasi B 117
7 Suspected Solar Systems 133
8 Pulsar Planets 155
9 Current and Future Searches for Extrasolar Planets 171
10 Habitable Planets and Extraterrestrial Intelligence 193
App The constellations 211
Index 215
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