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Astrophysics of Planet Formation

Philip J. Armitage

The study of planet formation has been revolutionized by recent observational breakthroughs, which have allowed the detection and characterization of extrasolar planets, the imaging of protoplanetary disks, and the discovery of the Solar System's Kuiper Belt. Written for beginning graduate students, this textbook provides a basic understanding of the astrophysical processes that shape the formation of planetary systems. It begins by describing the structure and evolution of protoplanetary disks, moves on to the formation of planetesimals, terrestrial and gas giant planets, and concludes by surveying new theoretical ideas for the early evolution of planetary systems. Covering all phases of planet formation - from protoplanetary disks to the dynamical evolution of planetary systems - this introduction can be understood by readers with backgrounds in planetary science, observational and theoretical astronomy. It highlights the physical principles underlying planet formation and the areas where more research and new observations are needed.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publish Date: Oct 24th, 2013
  • Pages: 296
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.61in - 6.69in - 0.62in - 1.05lb
  • EAN: 9781107653085
  • Categories: Physics - AstrophysicsSpace Science - Astronomy

About the Author

Armitage, Philip J.: - Philip J. Armitage is a Professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Fellow of JILA. His research focuses on theoretical and computational studies of protoplanetary disks, planet formation and black hole astrophysics. He has extensive teaching experience at the advanced undergraduate and graduate level.

Praise for this book

"Armitage delivers on the book's aim to 'provide a concise introduction to the classical theory of planet formation and to more recent developments spurred by new observations.' Astrophysics of Planet Formation would be an excellent main text for a course in astronomy, astrophysics, or planetary science." Physics Today
"In Astrophysics of Planet Formation, Philip Armitage lays out a concise introduction to the most important theoretical concepts in planet formation....In a nutshell, the book provides the young astrophysicist with the necessary background and elements to move on to more advanced work. "- Dianna Valencia, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Physics Today