THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER FOR PLANET FORMATION 

Bertram Bitsch, MPI for Astronomy, DE

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 16:00 CEST (14:00 UTC)


Exoplanet observations have revealed a wealth of data that has to be explained via planet formation simulations. Past simulations focused mainly on the mass-orbital distance distribution of exoplanets. However, recent detailed observations have allowed to constrain planetary masses and radii to such detail, that the bulk composition can be derived, giving new constraints to planet formation models. Of particular interest is the water content of close-in super-Earths and sub-Neptunes, because the water content is an important tracer of the formation history of planets as well as of great importance for the search of life on other planets. In this talk, I will outline the main ingredients of planet formation simulations, focusing on the core accretion scenario, with a particular focus on the composition of planets. In particular I will highlight the importance of water, not only for the composition of planets, but also for the formation pathway (growth and migration) of the planets themselves.


The lecture will be streamed at:  https://www.gotomeet.me/EAI_online


See the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=813OcLGD1wY


The European Astrobiology Institute presents "LIfe Beyond Us"


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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the BEACON conference has been adjourned. Most likely dates are now 25-29 April 2022. We apologise for the inconvenience and hope to welcome you in La Palma in 2022 ! See the cancellation procedures at the BEACON website


POSTPONED

The summer school on "Formation and evolution of planetary systems and habitable planets" will be organised by the European Astrobiology Institute at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in ToruĊ„ has been adjourned. We hope to hold it in 2021.


For all information check the website:


http://eai.faj.org.pl/  



The European Astrobiology Institute (EAI) is a consortium of European research and higher education institutions and organisations as well as other stakeholders aiming to carry out research, training, outreach and dissemination activities in astrobiology in a comprehensive and coordinated manner and thereby securing a leading role for the European Research Area in the field.


On this website you will find information on the aimsstructure, forms of membership as well as the composition of the Management Committee. Documents available on this site include:


  • the Statutes of the EAI
  • an executive summary
  • a promotional folder
  • the communiques of the past meetings of the EAI Interim Board
  • the resolutions of the General Assembly in Liblice, CZ (30 May 2019)


We are looking forward to welcoming your institution as paricipant into the EAI. Meanwhile, we are interested in your views and hope that you find the information available on this site useful.


Please join us at the Biannual European Astrobiology Conference (BEACON) on La Palma Island, Canary Island, Spain (20-24 April 2020). Abstract submission deadline is closed but you can still register. Rooms at the venue are still available on a first come-first served basis.