Lecture notes on the formation and early evolution of planetary systems
by Philip J. Armitage
Publisher: arXiv 2010
Number of pages: 63
These notes provide an introduction to the theory of the formation and early evolution of planetary systems. Topics covered include the structure, evolution and dispersal of protoplanetary disks; the formation of planetesimals, terrestrial and gas giant planets; and orbital evolution due to gas disk migration, planetesimal scattering, and planet-planet interactions.
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