Small Bodies in Planetary Systems

  • Ingrid Mann
  • Akiko Nakamura
  • Tadashi Mukai

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 758)

About this book


The small bodies in planetary systems are indicative of the material evolution, the dynamical evolution and the presence of planets in a system. Recent astronomical research, space research, laboratory research and numerical simulations have brought a wealth of new and exciting findings on extra-solar planetary systems and on asteroids, comets, meteoroids and trans-Neptunian objects in our solar system. Progress in astronomical instrumentation has led to the discovery and investigation of small bodies in the outer solar system and to observations of debris disks related to the small bodies in extra-solar planetary systems. Space research allowed for close studies of some of the small solar system bodies from spacecraft. This class-tested lecture set is intended as an introduction to the latest research results and to the key issues of future research.


Cosmic Dust Extra-solar Planetary Systems Origin of Planetary Systems Physics of the Solar System Planet Planetary Science Planetary system Small Solar System Objects Solar System Solar system formation solar stellar

Editors and affiliations

  • Ingrid Mann
    • 1
  • Akiko Nakamura
    • 2
  • Tadashi Mukai
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. Earth & Planetary SciencesKobe UniversityKobeJapan
  2. 2.Dept. Earth & Planetary SciencesKobe UniversityKobeJapan
  3. 3.Dept. Earth & Planetary SciencesKobe UniversityKobeJapan

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