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From Protoplanetary Disks to Exoplanets: How Do Planets Form and Evolve?

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • JILA Auditorium

Speaker Name(s): 

Hannah Jang-Condell

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

University of Wyoming
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences Seminar

Event Details & Abstract: 

Exoplanets have been discovered in orbits as close as 0.05 AU, and as distant as hundreds of AU. Hence, exoplanets are a hot topic, but they are also pretty cool. One way to better understand planetary systems is to study their origins. Gas-rich protoplanetary disks represent early stages of planet formation, when gas giants form. Gas-free debris disks represent later stages of planet formation, when terrestrial planets might form. Dynamical interactions between disks and embedded planets perturb the disks' structure. Observations of this sculpting in both protoplanetary and debris disks can identify sites of active planet formation, enabling insights into where, when, and how planets form. I will also discuss projects using the University of Wyoming’s telescope facilities to observe and characterize fully formed exoplanets, adding to our better understanding of exoplanets in general.