Planet Formation: Theory, Observations, and Experiments

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When this book was published in 2006, it had been just over ten years since the first planet outside our solar system was detected. Since then, much work has focused on understanding how extrasolar planets may form, and discovering the frequency of potentially habitable Earth-like planets. This volume addresses fundamental questions concerning the formation of planetary systems in general, and of our solar system in particular. Drawing from advances in observational, experimental and theoretical research, it summarises our understanding of the planet formation processes, and addresses major open questions and research issues. Chapters are written by leading experts in the field of planet formation and extrasolar planet studies. The book is based on a meeting held at Ringberg Castle in Bavaria, where experts gathered together to present and exchange their ideas and findings. It is a comprehensive resource for graduate students and researchers, and is written to be accessible to newcomers to the field.

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"This carefully organized text ... represents a snapshot of the state of the art of the modern quest for the origins of worlds.... a sense of excitement and scientific novelty persists in the many detailed passages.... a definitive text for the shelves of researchers, students, and interested bystanders that should prove to be of considerable longevity."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521180740
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/17/2011
  • Series: Cambridge Astrobiology Series, #1
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Hubert Klahr is Head of the Theory Group for Planet and Star Formation, at the Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg

Wolfgang Brandner is a staff researcher and Head of the Adaptive Optics Lab. at the Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg

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Table of Contents

1. Historical notes on planet formation Bodenheimer; 2. The formation and evolution of planetary systems Bouwman et al.; 3. Destruction of protoplanetary disks by photoevaporation Richling, Hollenbach and Yorke; 4. Turbulence in protoplanetary accretion disks Klahr, Rozyczka, Dziourkevitch, Wunsch and Johansen; 5. The origin of solids in the early solar system Trieloff and Palme; 6. Experiments on planetesimal formation Wurm and Blum; 7. Dust coagulation in protoplanetary disks Henning, Dullemond, Wolf and Dominik; 8. The accretion of giant planet cores Thommes and Duncan; 9. Planetary transits: direct vision of extrasolar planets Lecavelier des Etangs and Vidal-Madjar; 10. The core accretion - gas capture model Hubickyj; 11. Properties of exoplanets Marcy, Fischer, Butler and Vogt; 12. Giant planet formation: theories meet observations Boss; 13. From hot Jupiters to hot Neptures … and below Lovis, Mayor and Udry; 14. Disk-planet interaction and migration Masset and Kley; 15. The Brown Dwarf - planet relation Bate; 16. From astronomy to astrobiology Brandner; 17. Overview and prospective Lin.

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