Planet Formation Projects

Multiwavelength Studies of Gaseous Protoplanetary Disks

Monday, June 01 2009 - 9:52 am, PDT
A study of the evolution of gaseous protoplanetary disks using gas line emission, and the estimation of disk dispersal times.

Accretion Disk Processes: From Dust to Planetesimals, and Formation and Evolution of Satellite Systems

Friday, August 01 2008 - 4:40 pm, PDT
A study into how planetesimals form from dust and how satellite systems form around giant planets.

Evolution and Dispersal of Protoplanetary Gas Disks

Monday, June 30 2008 - 9:49 am, PDT
An analysis of how planetary disks evolve and their capacity to form planets, including a method for estimating disk lifetimes. We thus determine the range of stellar and disk properties that are conducive to the formation of planetary systems, and therefore, to the origin of life.

Science Processing Support for NASA Discovery Program's Kepler Mission

Thursday, March 15 2007 - 10:15 am, PDT
This study supports the implementation and operation of the signal processing chain for the Kepler Mission.