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Protoplanetary Dust: Astrophysical and Cosmochemical Perspectives

  • Astronomers, cosmochemists, and laboratory astrophysicists come together in the first comprehensive overview of planet formation
  • The latest insights from the Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, new interferometers, space missions including Stardust and Deep Impact, and laboratory techniques are discussed
  • Follows the evolution of solids from their genesis through protoplanetary disks to rocky planets

Series: Cambridge Planetary Science Volume: 12

By: Dániel Apai(Editor), Dante S Lauretta(Editor)

396 pages, 72 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Feb 2014 | #209187 | ISBN-13: 9781107629424
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Hardback | Jan 2010 | #194321 | ISBN-13: 9780521517720
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Planet formation studies uniquely benefit from three disciplines: astronomical observations of extrasolar planet-forming disks, analysis of material from the early Solar System, and laboratory astrophysics experiments. Pre-planetary solids, fine dust, and chondritic components are central elements linking these studies. Protoplanetary Dust is the first comprehensive overview of planet formation, in which astronomers, cosmochemists, and laboratory astrophysicists jointly discuss the latest insights from the Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, new interferometers, space missions including Stardust and Deep Impact, and laboratory techniques. Following the evolution of solids from their genesis through protoplanetary disks to rocky planets, Protoplanetary Dust discusses in detail how the latest results from these disciplines fit into a coherent picture. Protoplanetary Dust provides a clear introduction and valuable reference for students and researchers in astronomy, cosmochemistry, laboratory astrophysics, and planetary sciences.

"Protoplanetary Dust is a terrific edition (No. 12) to the Cambridge Planetary Science Series. [...] This book should be required reading for all cosmochemists (and astronomers), and it would serve as a excellent text for an interesting graduate course on the origin of solar systems."
- Geochemical News

"[...] an excellent read, very much at the research edge in the field, and very up to date in the sources used. I would recommend it highly to graduate students, but also for the bookshelves of professionals in the field."
- The Observatory

"[...] can be recommended not only to planetary scientists working in the field of planet formation but also to students who seek an introduction to this enormously challenging topic. The organization of the contents makes it possible to concentrate on certain aspects, as few people will be experts in all topics. Having the book on your shelf gives you the confidence that the comprehensive overview of the history of solids in our solar system from a simple grain to the beautiful planet we live on is just a move away."
- Ruth Ziethe, European Space Research and Technology Centre, European Space Agency



1. Planet formation and protoplanetary dust Daniel Apai and Dante Lauretta
2. The origins of protoplanetary dust and the formation of accretion disks Hans-Peter Gail and Peter Hope
3. Evolution of protoplanetary disk structures Fred Ciesla and Cornelius P. Dullemond
4. Chemical and isotopic evolution of the solar nebula and protoplanetary disks Dmitry Semenov, Subrata Chakraborty and Mark Thiemens
5. Laboratory studies of simple dust analogs in astrophysical environments John R. Brucato and Joseph A. Nuth III
6. Dust composition in protoplanetaty dust Michiel Min and George Flynn
7. Dust particle size evolution Klaus M. Pontoppidan and Adrian J. Brearly
8. Thermal processing in protoplanetary nebulae Daniel Apai, Harold C. Connolly Jr. and Dante S. Lauretta
9. The clearing of protoplanetary disks and of the protosolar nebula Ilaira Pascucci and Shogo Tachibana
10. Accretion of planetesimals and the formation of rocky planets John E. Chambers, David O'Brien and Andrew M. Davis


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Dániel Apai is an Assistant Astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute. His research focuses on the observational characterization of the origins and properties of extrasolar planets and planetary systems.

Dante Lauretta is an Associate Professor of Planetary Science and Cosmochemistry at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. His research interests include the chemistry and mineralogy of asteroids and comets as determined by in situ laboratory analysis and spacecraft observations.

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