Physics Colloquium- Planet Formation and Dynamical Evolution

Event Date: 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Broida 1640

Event Contact: 

Speaker:

Ruth Murray-Clay, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Abstract:

More than a thousand extrasolar planetary systems have now been observed, and the statistical properties of this sample offer insight into the physical processes that govern planet formation.  In order to interpret these data, we must understand both the physics of planetary growth and how dynamical interactions redistribute the orbits of planets during and after their formation.  In this talk, I will present a general model for the formation of planetary systems and then discuss how dynamical redistribution shapes the populations of giant planets at a range of stellocentric distances.