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Dynamics of Discs and Planets

17th August 2009 to 21st August 2009

Organisers: J Blum (Braunschweig), CJ Clarke (Cambridge), L Hartmann (Michigan), A Morbidelli (Nice), RP Nelson (London), GI Ogilvie (Cambridge), JM Stone (Princeton), S Udry (Geneva), MC Wyatt (Cambridge)

Conference Theme

The primary aim of this conference is to bring together leading researchers from the fields of protostellar disc evolution, extrasolar planets, and planetary system formation and evolution in order to assess the current state of these closely interrelated disciplines. Discussion will focus on prospects for future progress in understanding how planets form and evolve.

Specific themes that will be discussed include:

  • Protostellar disc observations: structure, evolution, lifetimes
  • Protoplanetary disc modelling: turbulence, radiative transfer, chemistry
  • Experimental and theoretical studies of dust coagulation
  • Planetesimal formation
  • Terrestrial and giant planet formation theory
  • Disc-planet interactions and migration
  • Late-stage evolution of planetary systems
  • Debris discs: observations and theory
  • Observations of extrasolar planets

Sponsored by
Royal Astronomocal Society

University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute The Leverhulme Trust London Mathematical Society Microsoft Research NM Rothschild and Sons