Colloquium

New Ideas and Tests of Planet Formation

Recent discoveries and characterization of exoplanets using ground based surveys and space missions such as Kepler give us with a wealth of information that can be used to better understand how planets form. I will provide a broad overview of current ideas on planet formation calibrated by observations of both Solar System objects and exoplanets. In particular, I will discuss how direct imaging surveys such as SEEDS and GPI can help us discriminate between the different modes of giant planet formation, especially at large separations. I will also describe how improving our understanding of planet formation inside and around binary stars can help us understand planet formation in general.

Followed by wine and cheese in Pupin 1402.

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