Hybrid Code for Planet Formation

To calculate the formation of an entire planetary system, a computer code must combine the best of the coagulation and n-body algorithms. Our multiannulus hybrid code includes coagulation for the small objects and n-body integrations for the largest objects. Our hybrid code links to two methods together and can follow the evolution of objects ranging in size from 1 micron up to 10,000 km.

We are applying the code to understand planet formation in a variety of circumstances. The links describe some of our ongoing projects.

Icy exoplanets and debris disks
Kuiper belt objects
Simulations for the GMT
Terrestrial planets

We used the bybrid code to calculate the formation of Earth-like planets.
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