Planetesimal Formation

28 September to 30 September 2009

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK

Organisers: Dr A Morbidelli (Observatory of Nice co-chair), Professor R Nelson (Queen Mary, London), Dr GI Ogilvie (Cambridge), Professor JM Stone (Princeton co-chair) and Dr M Wyatt (Cambridge)

in association with the Newton Institute programme Dynamics of Discs and Planets (12 August to 18 December 2009)

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Theme of workshop:

The enormous diversity of the over 300 extra-solar planets discovered to date challenges our understanding of the planet formation process. A crucial first stage is the formation of kilometre and larger sized planetesimals from microscopic interstellar dust grains in protoplanetary discs. This workshop, organised as part of the four-month long programme "The Dynamics of Discs and Planets", will address some of the key issues associated with the formation of planetesimals in discs.

Specific themes that will be discussed include:

  • the coupled dynamics of gas and dust in protoplanetary discs
  • the growth of grains
  • gravitational instabilities in discs

Both the theory and observational constraints will be reviewed. Only a few review-style talks will be given each day, leaving plenty of time for open discussion. Poster presentations by all participants are strongly encouraged. Please indicate on your application form if you wish to present a poster.

Invited speakers:

J Blum (TUB), J Colwell (UCF)*, J Cuzzi (ARC)*, C Dullemond (MPIA), S Fromang (CEA), H Klahr (MPIA), G Lodato (Leicester), J Papaloizou (Cambridge), C Terqeum (IAP), N Turner (JPL), W Ward (SWRI)*, S Weidenschilling (PSI)* and A Youdin (CITA). * to be confirmed

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