This single, coherent review of the theory behind extrasolar planet formation and interaction systematically covers all aspects of the topic, including different formation processes, planet-planet scattering, giant planets and brown dwarfs. With a chapter on observation, careful referencing and an elaborate bibliography at the end of each chapter, this is indispensable reading for researchers, theorists and observers alike.
Dr. Rory Barnes is a researcher in the Astronomy Department and Astrobiology Program at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is an active participant in the theoretical side of one of the hottest topics in astrophysics - the science of exoplanets. He has published numerous papers that consider exoplanets from astrophysical, planetary science, and astrobiological points of view. For this book, he has brought together an august group of authors to detail current perspectives of the origins and properties of these fascinating worlds.
Introduction Exoplanet Observations Pinpointing Planets in Circumstellar Disks Planet-Planet Interactions Formation via Disk Instability Core Accretion Model Formation of Terrestrial Planets Brown Dwarfs Exoplanet Chemistry Migration and Multiplicity Effects During Giant Planet formation Planets in mean motion resonance Planet-Planet Gravitational Scattering Tides and Exoplanets