Solar System Formation

Detection of extra-solar planets. Other planetary systems. Cloud collapse. Rotation of proto-solar nebula. Condensation of solids. Terrestrial planet formation. The frost line. Giant planet formation. Impacts.


Please read the following in Carroll & Ostlie.

23.1 Characteristics of Extrasolar Planetary Systems
Detections through Reflex Radial Velocity Technique — Multi-Planet Systems — The Mass Distribution of Extrasolar Planets — The Distribution of Orbital Eccentricities — The Trend toward Higher Metallicity — Measuring Radii and Densities Using Transits — The Detection of an Extrasolar Planet Atmosphere — Distinguishing Extrasolar Planets from Brown Dwarfs — An Image of an Extrasolar Planet Future Space-Based Planet Searches
23.2 Planetary System Formation and Evolution
Accretion Disks and Debris Disks* — Angular Momentum Distribution in the Solar System* — Composition Trends throughout the Solar System — The Temperature Gradient in the Solar Nebula — Consequences of Heavy Bombardment — The Distribution of Mass within Planetary Systems — Formation Timescales — The Gravitational Instability Formation Mechanism — The Accretion Formation Mechanism — The Formation of the Solar System: An Example — The Hill Radius — The Formation of the Gas and Ice Giants — The Formation of the Terrestrial Planets and the Asteroids — The Process of Migration — Resonance Effects in the Early Solar System — The Formation of CAIs and Chondrules
* These sections depend on earlier chapters and can be skipped.


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Joshua E. Barnes      (barnes at
Updated: 16 November 2012
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