Tom Hands
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Theoretical Astrophysics Group, University of Leicester, UK

My Research

I am currently using a combination of N-body, hydrodynamic and viscous accretion disc modelling techniques to gain insight into the observed distribution of exo-planets. In particular I am interested in the tightly-packed planetary systems discovered by the Kepler mission. I am also very interested in a wide variety of numerical techniques.

Journal Publications

There might be giants: unseen Jupiter-mass planets as sculptors of tightly-packed planetary systems
T.O. Hands, R.D. Alexander
Accepted for publication in MNRAS.(arXiv:1512.02649/ADS).

Understanding the assembly of Kepler's compact planetary systems
T.O. Hands, R.D. Alexander, W. Dehnen
Accepted for publication in MNRAS (arXiv:1409.0532/ADS).

Understanding the assembly of Kepler's tightly-packed planetary systems
T.O. Hands, R.D. Alexander, W. Dehnen
Published in Complex Planetary Systems, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 310 (ADS).

Meetings & Conferences

I attended Disk Dynamics and Planet Formation in Larnaka, Cyprus. I gave a poster presentation there on my work on giant companions to tightly-packed planetary systems. This poster has more up-to-date results than the one from Les Diablerets. You can view the poster here.

I attended From Protoplanetary Disks to Planet Formation in Les Diablerets, Switzerland. I gave a poster presentation there on my work on giant companions to tightly-packed planetary systems. You can view the poster here.

I attended Planet Formation and Evolution 2014 in Kiel, Germany. I'll gave a poster presentation there on my work on tightly-packed planetary systems. You can view the poster here.

I attended the IAU symposium on Complex Planetary Systems in Namur, Belgium. I gave a poster presentation there on my work on tightly-packed planetary systems. You can view the poster here.

I attended the Exoplanet UK Community Meeting in Cambridge from the 14th to the 16th April, at which I gave a talk on my work on tightly-packed planetary systems. You can view the slides here.

From the 15th to the 20th of July I attended Protostars and Planets VI in Heidelberg, at which I presented a poster detailing my work on the assembly of tightly packed planetary systems such as Kepler-11. Click here for a PDF copy of the poster.

On the 11th and 12th of March 2013 I attended the Royal Society's "Characterising Exoplanets" meeting, at which I presented a poster detailing my work on modelling the migration of multiple giant planets in protoplanetary discs. Click here for a PDF copy of the poster.