Institute of Astronomy

Planetary System Dynamics

Research into the dynamics of extrasolar planetary systems at the Institute of Astronomy covers a broad spectrum of topics, including multi-planet secular interaction and mean motion resonant capture, sculpting of debris disks, interaction with gas disks, evolution in systems with dying stars, and dynamics within stellar clusters and due to the global properties of the Milky Way. The varied interests of the large number of IoA members allow exoplanet dynamicists to pursue interdisciplinary projects, with access to sufficient computing resources to model large suites of exoplanetary systems with N-body and hydrodynamic simulations. The predictive power of the theoretical studies aims to aid observers and advance our understanding of this rapidly growing and important astrophysical field.

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