Planet Formation and the Solar System

posted on April 1, 2013 by

Hilke Schlichting, Caltech

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 4:30 p.m. Millikan Lab – Room 134

In my talk, I will discuss recent insights that we have gained into planet formation form our solar system. I will talk about the Kuiper belt, located at the outskirts of our planetary system, which provides a snapshot of earlier stages of planet formation and is therefore an ideal laboratory for testing planet formation theories. I will show how we can use the Kuiper belt size distribution to gain new insights into runaway growth during planet formation and how we can use it to constrain the initial sizes of planetesimals that are the building blocks of planets.