CfA Colloquium Schedule Fall 2013
 12 December 2013

12 December 2013

Speaker: Hilke Schlicting (MIT)

Title:Planet Formation in the Kepler Era

Abstract:In my talk, I will discuss recent insights that we have gained into planet formation from the Kepler Satellite and our Solar System. I will give an overview of the planet formation process and show how it compares with recent observations of Exoplanet systems discovered by Kepler. I will present a simple model for orbital resonances with dissipation and show that it can explain the surprising paucity of mean motion resonance among exoplanet pairs and discuss its implications for the origin of these systems. I will conclude with dynamical models and geochemical constraints from the Earth, Moon and Mars and discuss their implications for the last stage of terrestrial planet formation.


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