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(Mar. 30) The formation of planets around young stars

Last updated :2018-03-27

Topic: The formation of planets around young stars
Speaker: Dr. Dimitris Stamatellos
(University of Central Lancashire)
Invited by: Prof. YU Cong
Time: 15:00 - 16:00, Friday, March 30, 2018
Venue: Room 107, Red House 17, Zhuhai Campus, SYSU

The question about the origin of planets and life has fascinated humankind since ancient times. Until two decades ago we knew just the planets in our Solar System. Since then thousands of planets have been discovered around other stars. To our surprise these "exoplanets” have properties that are very different from those of the planets of our Solar System, thus challenging our understanding of how planets form. I will discuss the methods for discovering exoplanets, talk about the link between star and planet formation, and present computational models that investigate how protostellar discs, the cradles of planets, evolve, and how giant planets form and evolve in these discs.

Speaker's CV:
2004 PhD in Astrophysics, Cardiff University, UK
2001 MSc in Space Physics & Astronomy, Rice University, USA
1996 BSc in Physics, Athens University, Greece