The assessment for this module requires students to submit a short essay reviewing a recent research paper in this field. You should explain the motivation behind the study, and place it in context within the field of planet formation. In addition to reviewing the methods and results you should also highlight particular strengths and/or weaknesses of the paper, and discuss its (potential) importance within the field.
Essays should be 1500-2000 words in length. You are free to choose any recent paper on any of the topics covered in the course, with only one caveat: students whose PhD work is primarily theoretical must review an observational or instrumentation paper, while students doing PhDs primarily on observational or instrumental topics must review a theoretical paper. A list of suggested papers is provided below. You are welcome to choose other papers if you wish, but in this case please consult me in advance (to ensure that the chosen paper is appropriate).
Essays should be submitted by email as PDF files. The deadline for submission is Friday 12th January 2018.