From Protoplanetary Disks to Planet Formation

Saas-Fee Advanced Course 45. Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy

  • Philip J. Armitage
  • Wilhelm Kley
  • Marc Audard
  • Michael R. Meyer
  • Yann Alibert

Part of the Saas-Fee Advanced Course book series (SAASFEE, volume 45)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Philip J. Armitage
    Pages 1-150

About this book


Is the Sun and its planetary system special? How did the Solar system form? Are there similar systems in the Galaxy? How common are habitable planets? What processes take place in the early life of stars and in their surrounding circumstellar disks that could impact whether life emerges or not?

This book is based on the lectures by Philip Armitage and Wilhelm Kley presented at 45th Saas-Fee Advanced Course „From Protoplanetary Disks to Planet Formation“ of the Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy. The first part deals with the physical processes occurring in proto-planetary disks starting with the observational context, structure and evolution of the proto-planetary disk, turbulence and accretion, particle evolution and structure formation. The second part covers planet formation and disk-planet interactions. This includes in detail dust and planetesimal formation, growth to protoplanets, terrestrial planet formation, giant planet formation, migration of planets, multi-planet systems and circumbinary planets.

As Saas-Fee advanced course this book offers PhD students an in-depth treatment of the topic enabling them to enter on a research project in the field.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Philip J. Armitage
    • 1
  • Wilhelm Kley
    • 2
  1. 1.JILAUniversity of Colorado and NISTBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Astronomy and AstrophysicsUniversity of TübingenTübingenGermany

Editors and affiliations

  • Marc Audard
    • 1
  • Michael R. Meyer
    • 2
  • Yann Alibert
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of AstronomyUniversity of GenevaGeneveSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of AstronomyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.Physics InstituteUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-58686-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-58687-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1861-7980
  • Series Online ISSN 1861-8227
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