Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Andrew N. Youdin, Scott J. Kenyon
    Pages 1-62
  3. Alessandro Morbidelli
    Pages 63-109
  4. Nadine G. Barlow
    Pages 111-193
  5. David J. Stevenson
    Pages 195-221
  6. Nancy Chanover
    Pages 223-250
  7. Fran Bagenal
    Pages 251-307
  8. Matthew S. Tiscareno
    Pages 309-375
  9. Andrew Rivkin
    Pages 376-429
  10. Amaya Moro-Martın
    Pages 431-487
  11. Jason T. Wright, B. Scott Gaudi
    Pages 489-540
  12. Back Matter

About this book


This is volume 3 of Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems, a six-volume compendium of modern astronomical research covering subjects of key interest to the main fields of contemporary astronomy. This volume on “Solar and Stellar Planetary Systems” edited by Linda French and Paul Kalas presents accessible review chapters From Disks to Planets, Dynamical Evolution of Planetary Systems, The Terrestrial Planets, Gas and Ice Giant Interiors, Atmospheres of Jovian Planets, Planetary Magnetospheres, Planetary Rings, An Overview of the Asteroids and Meteorites, Dusty Planetary Systems and Exoplanet Detection Methods.

All chapters of the handbook were written by practicing professionals. They include sufficient background material and references to the current literature to allow readers to learn enough about a specialty within astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology to get started on their own practical research projects. In the spirit of the series Stars and Stellar Systems published by Chicago University Press in the 1960s and 1970s, each chapter of Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems can stand on its own as a fundamental review of its respective sub-discipline, and each volume can be used as a textbook or recommended reference work for advanced undergraduate or postgraduate courses. Advanced students and professional astronomers in their roles as both lecturers and researchers will welcome Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems as a comprehensive and pedagogical reference work on astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology.


Asteroids and meteorites Astronomy reference work Dynamics of planetary systems Habitability in planetary systems Planetary atmospheres Planetary magnetospheres Planetary rings Protoplanetary disks Terrestrial Planets

Editors and affiliations

  • Terry D. Oswalt
    • 1
  • Linda M. French
    • 2
  • Paul Kalas
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Physics & Space SciencesFlorida Institute of Technology, University BoulevardMelbourneUSA
  2. 2.Professor of Physics and Physics Department ChairWesleyan UniversityILUSA
  3. 3.Astronomy DepartmentUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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