VR Project Grant for Young Researchers

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Description

    I propose an ambitious research programme in theoretical astrophysics,
    dedicated to studying three key questions related to the formation of planets
    around the Sun as well as around other stars:

    1. Are there efficient ways to sediment dust in protoplanetary discs?

    2. How do asteroids form -- and how do they grow?

    3. Why are so many stars orbited by systems of multiple super-Earths?

    I will attack these questions using a combination of state-of-the-art computer
    codes to model the sedimentation of dust grains to the mid-plane of a
    protoplanetary disc, the accretion of millimeter-sized "sand grains" (similar
    to the chondrules found in primitive meteorites) onto young asteroids, as well
    as how systems of several super-Earths can form from solid material which piles
    up in the innermost regions of the gaseous protoplanetary discs which surround
    young stars.

    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date2015/01/012018/12/31

    Funding

    • Swedish Research Council

    UKÄ subject classification

    • Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology