Dynamics of Outer Planetary Systems

9 November to 11 November 2009

A Satellite Meeting at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

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

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

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Theme of conference:

The discovery of over 300 extrasolar planets has led to significant breakthroughs in our understanding of how planetary systems both form and evolve. Although observational detection biases mean that the majority of these planets are close to their stars (<<10AU), the recent imaging of planets between 10-120AU around the stars Fomalhaut, HR8799 and beta Pictoris show that the parameter space of outer planetary systems is now opening up. These regions are also being explored by studies of debris disks that provide evidence for planetesimal belts at large distances, as well as indirect evidence for the formation of planet-sized objects, and set invaluable constraints on planet formation processes at these distances. This 3-day workshop seeks to focus on the dynamics and physical processes that affect how the outer regions (>>10AU) of planetary systems form and evolve, so as to consolidate the theoretical underpinning of this frontier of extrasolar planetary science.

We plan a roughly equal mix of invited review and contributed talks, with plenty of time for discussion, covering topics including: overview (observational constraints, Solar System), outer planets (formation, evolution, stability, circumplanetary environment), outer planetesimals and dust (formation, evolution, interactions with planets).

Invited speakers:

Richard Alexander (Universiteit Leiden), Ben Bromley (University of Utah), Eugene Chiang (University of California at Berkeley), Martin Duncan (Queen's University, Canada), Sylvio Ferraz-Mello (University of Såo Paulo), Jane Greaves (University of St Andrews), Paul Kalas (University of California, Berkeley), Willy Kley (Universität Tübingen), Alexander Krivov (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena), Alessandro Morbidelli (Observatoire de Nice), Ken Rice (University of Edinburgh) and Scott Tremaine (Institute for Advanced Study).

Key dates:

31 July 2009 - deadline for applications, including abstracts for contributed talks.

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