Since the discovery of the first exoplanet orbiting a main sequence star in 1995, nearly 500 planets have been detected, with this number expected to increase dramatically as new ground-based planetary searches begin to report their results. Emerging techniques offer the tantalizing possibility of detecting an Earth-mass planet in the habitable zone of a solar-type star as well as the exciting prospect of studying exoplanetary atmospheres that could reveal the presence of biomarkers, such as water vapor, oxygen, and carbon dioxide.
Can we find the "Holy Grail" of exoplanets? Cutting-edge research may reveal the answer
Written by internationally renowned scientists at the forefront of the field, Extra-Solar Planets: The Detection, Formation, Evolution and Dynamics of Planetary Systems presents powerful analytical tools and methods for investigating extra-solar planetary systems. It discusses new theories on planetary migration and resonant capture that elucidate the existence of "hot Jupiters." It also examines the astrophysical mechanisms required to assemble gas giant planets close to their parent star. In addition, the expert contributors describe how mathematical tools involving periodicity, chaos, and resonance are used to study the diversity and stability of observed planetary systems.
By presenting the fundamental analyses that underpin modern studies of extra-solar planetary systems, this graduate-level book enables readers to thoroughly understand important recent developments and offers a platform for future research. It also improves readers’ understanding of our own solar system and its place in the diverse range of planetary systems discovered so far.
Table of Contents
Detection of Extra-Solar Planets: Methods and Observations. Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems. Dynamics of Planetary Systems. Index.
B.A. Steves is a professor of mathematical astronomy and director of the Graduate School at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her research interests include celestial mechanics, solar system dynamics, stability and chaotic behavior of stellar clusters, extra-solar planets, and other few body systems.
M. Hendry is a senior lecturer in astronomy at the University of Glasgow. His main research interests involve the precise determination of the size and age of the Universe, testing theories for the formation and evolution of galaxies, and new applications of gravitational lensing.
A.C. Cameron is a professor of astronomy at the University of St. Andrews. His research encompasses the areas of extra-solar planets and cool stars.