Building a habitable planet: the physics and chemistry of planet formation


Wednesday, June 02 2010 - 12:00 pm, PDT
Monika Kress
Department of Physics and Astronomy, San Jose State University

 Habitable planets must not only reside in a narrow range of distances from their stars, but they also must contain water and carbon. This is easier said than done. In this talk, IDr. Kress will discuss the chemistry in protoplanetary disks, and the physical processes by which earth-like planets form. In particular, Dr. Kress will focus on how habitable planets obtain carbon and water, the key ingredients for life. 

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