Giant Planet Formation and Migration

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Planets form in circumstellar discs around young stars. Starting with sub-micron sized dust particles, giant planet formation is all about growing 14 orders of magnitude in size. It has become increasingly clear over the past decades that during all stages of giant planet formation, the building blocks are extremely mobile and can change their semimajor axis by substantial amounts. In this chapter, we aim to give a basic overview of the physical processes thought to govern giant planet formation and migration, and to highlight possible links to water delivery.


External organisations
  • Queen Mary University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology


  • Planet-disc interactions, Planets and satellites: formation, Planets and satellites: gaseous planets, Protoplanetary discs
Original languageEnglish
Article number38
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Feb 1
Publication categoryResearch