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Planetary Systems

Detection, Formation and Habitability of Extrasolar Planets

Benefits

  • Addresses students and researchers entering the field of planetary systems astronomy

  • Discusses both observational and theoretical aspects of formation, detection and habitability of extrasolar planets, as well as the search for extra-terrestrial life

  • With an appendix reviewing basic astronomical knowledge relevant for the book

Book

Part of the Astronomy And Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Marc Ollivier, Francoise Roques, Fabienne Casoli, Thérèse Encrenaz, Franck Selsis
    Pages 1-20
  3. Marc Ollivier, Francoise Roques, Fabienne Casoli, Thérèse Encrenaz, Franck Selsis
    Pages 21-68
  4. Marc Ollivier, Francoise Roques, Fabienne Casoli, Thérèse Encrenaz, Franck Selsis
    Pages 69-84
  5. Marc Ollivier, Francoise Roques, Fabienne Casoli, Thérèse Encrenaz, Franck Selsis
    Pages 85-133
  6. Marc Ollivier, Francoise Roques, Fabienne Casoli, Thérèse Encrenaz, Franck Selsis
    Pages 135-169
  7. Marc Ollivier, Francoise Roques, Fabienne Casoli, Thérèse Encrenaz, Franck Selsis
    Pages 171-198
  8. Marc Ollivier, Francoise Roques, Fabienne Casoli, Thérèse Encrenaz, Franck Selsis
    Pages 199-246
  9. Marc Ollivier, Francoise Roques, Fabienne Casoli, Thérèse Encrenaz, Franck Selsis
    Pages 247-294
  10. Marc Ollivier, Francoise Roques, Fabienne Casoli, Thérèse Encrenaz, Franck Selsis
    Pages 295-329
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 331-342

About this book

Introduction

Over the past ten years, the discovery of extrasolar planets has opened a new field of astronomy, and this area of research is rapidly growing, from both the observational and theoretical point of view. The presence of many giant exoplanets in the close vicinity of their star shows that these newly discovered planetary systems are very different from the solar system. New theoretical models are being developed in order to understand their formation scenarios, and new observational methods are being implemented to increase the sensitivity of exoplanet detections.

In the present book, the authors address the question of planetary systems from all aspects. Starting from the facts (the detection of more than 300 extraterrestrial planets), they first describe the various methods used for these discoveries and propose a synthetic analysis of their global properties. They then consider the observations of young stars and circumstellar disks and address the case of the solar system as a specific example, different from the newly discovered systems. Then the study of planetary systems and of exoplanets is presented from a more theoretical point of view. The book ends with an outlook to future astronomical projects, and a description of the search for life on exoplanets. This book addresses students and researchers who wish to better understand this newly expanding field of research.

Keywords

Disks, circumstellar Exoplanets Exoplanets, Detection of Life, Extraterrestrial Planet Planetary system Planets Solar Solar System Stellar Systems, Formation of

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Inst. Astrophysique SpatialeUniversité Paris-Sud 1191405 Orsay CXFrance
  2. 2.Section de MeudonObservatoire de Paris92195 Meudon CXFrance
  3. 3.CNES75039 Paris CX01France
  4. 4.Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Bordeaux (LAB)Université de Bordeaux–CNRS33271 Floirac CXFrance

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Reviews

From the reviews:

"This volume has a very informative subtitle. The main sections really do deal with detection, properties, formation processes, dynamics, and the search for life (habitability) of what, within the text, are generally called exoplanets … . There are lots of images, graphs, and tables, and a moderate number of equations … . So far I have ‘fair used’ one table and one drawing for instructional purposes and think it likely that you, too, will find useful items in this book." (Virginia Trimble, The Observatory, Vol. 129 (1210), June, 2009)

“The authors have set out to provide a detailed snapshot of this rapidly developing research field at a particularly exciting moment in its evolution. …The book is well written and translated … . The text is illuminated by numerous figures and graphs. … provides an excellent account of the enormous progress that has been made in recent years, together with a discussion of the prospects for the years to come. It is a fascinating book that can be read with interest by any physicist.” (Peter V. E. McClintock, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 51 (6), 2010)