Formation of Planetary Systems (Autumn 2017)

(MPAGS module AS8)


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.

Suggested Papers

Planet-driven spiral arms in protoplanetary disks: I. Formation mechanism, Bae & Zhu.
Three-Dimensional Disk-Satellite Interaction: Torques, Migration, and Observational Signatures, Arzamasskiy et al..
A new model for weak turbulence in protoplanetary disks , Simon et al.
Radiation hydrodynamical turbulence in protoplanetary discs: numerical models and observational constraints, Flock et al.
How do T Tauri stars accrete?, Hartmann & Bae.

Measurement of Circumstellar Disk Sizes in the Upper Scorpius OB Association with ALMA, Barenfeld et al.
Protoplanetary disks in rho Ophiuchus as seen from ALMA, Cox et al.
ALMA continuum observations of the protoplanetary disk AS 209 - Evidence of multiple gaps opened by a single planet, Fedele et al.
Kepler multi-planet systems exhibit unexpected intra-system uniformity in mass and radius, Millholland et al.
Dust-trapping vortices and a potentially planet-triggered spiral wake in the pre-transitional disk of V1247 Orionis, Kraus et al.