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Formation and Evolution of Exoplanets

Rory Barnes (Editor)
ISBN: 978-3-527-40896-2
320 pages
April 2010
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This single, coherent review of the theory behind extrasolar planet formation and interaction systematically covers all aspects of the topic, including different formation processes, planet-planet scattering, giant planets and brown dwarfs. With a chapter on observation, careful referencing and an elaborate bibliography at the end of each chapter, this is indispensable reading for researchers, theorists and observers alike.
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Table of Contents

Exoplanet Observations
Pinpointing Planets in Circumstellar Disks
Planet-Planet Interactions
Formation via Disk Instability
Core Accretion Model
Formation of Terrestrial Planets
Brown Dwarfs
Exoplanet Chemistry
Migration and Multiplicity Effects During Giant Planet
Planets in mean motion resonance
Planet-Planet Gravitational Scattering
Tides and Exoplanets
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Author Information

Dr. Rory Barnes is a researcher in the Astronomy Department and Astrobiology Program at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is an active participant in the theoretical side of one of the hottest topics in astrophysics - the science of exoplanets. He has published numerous papers that consider exoplanets from astrophysical, planetary science, and astrobiological points of view. For this book, he has brought together an august group of authors to detail current perspectives of the origins and properties of these fascinating worlds.
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"Though not free from minor errors, the chapters cover what we know about exoplanets very well, and are well written." (Contemporary Physics, 7 November 2011)

"It certainly provides an excellent summary of the current state of the field." (Astrobiology, October 2010)

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