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Progress and problems in understanding planet formation

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16:00 – 17:00 18 Nov 2016
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Dept of Experimental Physics
Maynooth University
Maynooth
Co. Kildare

Speakers: Prof. Phil Armitage University of Colorado, Boulder

Observational progress in imaging protoplanetary disks and detecting extrasolar planets has challenged our understanding of how the typical planetary system forms. I will review these observations, and highlight the weak links they expose in the chain of physical processes that lead from small dust particles to terrestrial and giant planets. I will discuss in particular our recent work that aims to model the formation of the first asteroid-sized bodies, via direct simulation of the physics of aerodynamically coupled mixtures of dust and gas, and how that may be linked to the demographics of extrasolar planetary systems.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Sponsored by: IOP Ireland
Organised by: IOPI/Maynooth University
Contact details: Dr Peter van der Burgt
Peter.vanderBurgt@nuim.ie

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Maynooth
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