Planet Formation

The Planet Formation group develops the theoretical framework and computational methods needed to understand the origin and evolution of planets and planetary systems.

The discovery of thousands of extrasolar planets by ground- and space-based observatories has shown that planetary systems exhibit an astonishing diversity of architectures. The characterization of exoplanetary atmospheres — a first step toward searching for evidence of life — is now underway. The goal of the Planet Formation group is to understand the physical processes that shape planetary systems and to develop computational methods that can efficiently model the multiple stages of growth that start from dust within protoplanetary disks and extend to the dynamical evolution of extrasolar planetary systems.

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