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Planet Formation: Theory, Observations, and Experiments

Series: Cambridge Astrobiology Volume: 1

By: Hubert Klahr(Editor), Wolfgang Brandner(Editor)

318 pages, 21 b/w photos, 63 b/w illustrations, 4 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Feb 2011 | #221110 | ISBN-13: 9780521180740
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Hardback | Jun 2006 | #173302 | ISBN: 0521860156
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When Planet Formation 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. Planet Formation 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. Planet Formation 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.

"[...] carefully organized text [...] represents a snapshot of the state of the art of the modern quest for the origins of the worlds. [...] a definitive text for the shelves of researchers, students, and interested bystanders that should prove to be of considerable longevity. Even Slartibartfast and Douglas Adams, to whom this volume is dedicated, might find it handy."
- Science

"This book brings together a wide range of planet-formation papers [...] written by some of the leading academics in planet-formation research. [...] the book covers the main research areas one would expect [...] as a concise reference and introduction to planet-formation research."
- The Observatory

"[...] a very welcome contribution, helping the dynamicist understand the hazy limit between low-mass stars and planets, as well as discussing their differences in observational characteristics and probable formation process [...] this book is recommended for those researchers who, although fluent in Celestial Mechanics, wish to expand their knowledge on the physical aspects of cosmogony before embarking in this multi-disciplinary field."
- Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy


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

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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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