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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: 9780521860154
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2006
  • Series: Cambridge Astrobiology Series , #1
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.71 (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 1
2 The formation and evolution of planetary systems : placing our solar system in context 14
3 Destruction of protoplanetary disks by photoevaporation 31
4 Turbulence in protoplanetary accretion disks : driving mechanisms and role in planet formation 42
5 The origin of solids in the early solar system 60
6 Experiments on planetesimal formation 90
7 Dust coagulation in protoplanetary 112
8 The accretion of giant planet cores 129
9 Planetary transits : a first direct vision of extrasolar planets 147
10 The core accretion-gas capture model for gas-giant planet formation 164
11 Properties of exoplanets : a Doppler study of 1330 stars 179
12 Giant-planet formation : theories meet observations 192
13 From hot Jupiters to hot Neptunes ... and below 203
14 Disk-planet interaction and migration 216
15 The brown dwarf-planet relation 236
16 Exoplanet detection techniques - from astronomy to astrobiology 250
17 Overview and prospective in theory and observation of planet formation 256
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