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Dynamics of Outer Planetary Systems

9th November 2009 to 11th November 2009

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)

A Satellite Meeting at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

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).

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