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Spring 2015 – ASTR 555



When: Spring Semester 2015, TR – 9:25 am – 10:40 am

Where: HBH 254

Instructor: Dr. Andrea Isella, Hermann Brown Rm 354, Phone: X5491

Text: Protostar and Planet VI

Grading: Based on class presentations and participation

This course will discuss the major areas of active research within the field of star and planet formation.
Every six years the international community holds a “Protostars and Planets” meeting.
The latest, PP-VI (the sith), was held in Heidelberg (Germany) on July 2013.
Each group presenting an invited talk also writes a detailed review of about 20 pages
on the subfield, so the PP books are a great resource for everyone in the area.

For ASTR 555, students will choose subject areas to give presentations to the class.
Review articles are drawn from Protostar and Planet VI and are listed below.
All reviews are available in electronic format (pdf). The PP-VI book is in press
and should be available for purchease by the beginning of the year.
Recordings of the presentations and slides are also available on line.

Each presentation will last about 45 minutes, including questions, and should not be limited
strictly to what is in the review. Each presentation should (1) draw a broad
picture of the reasearch field related to the selected chapter, (2) highlight the two/three
main results of the chapter, and (3) discuss the current challenges and future prospects.
Students’ presentations might use figures from the on-line material linked below
(i.e., slides and movies) but they should substantially differ from the presentation
delivered at PP-VI.

Each student will do a presentation every two/three weeks for a total of about 6
presentations per student. Studends that are not presenting should read the
review article before they come to class.
Additionally, if you are not presenting the article,
you should look up one of the references in the article and be prepared to summarize the results from
that reference. I will randomly pick someone from each talk as a secondary speaker, and when the main speaker reaches the point where
the article is referenced, the secondary speaker will have 3 minutes to present the results of the reference.
These references should not be review articles, but rather papers that derive some result that
is important to the review.



Molecular Clouds and Star Formation

1. Formation of molecular clouds and global conditions for star formation — [movie][slides][chapter] — C. Dobbs +
2. From filamentary networks to dense cores in molecular clouds: toward a new paradigm for star formation [movie][slides][chapter] — P. André +
3. The origin and universality of the initial mass function — [movie][slides][chapter] — S. Offner +
4. The star formation rate of molecular clouds — [movie][slides][chapter] — P. Padoan +
5. The link between magnetic fields and cloud/star formation — [movie][chapter] — H.-B. Li +
6. The Milky Way as a star formation engine — [movie][slides][chapter] — S. Molinari +
7. Massive star formation — [movie][slides][chapter] — J. Tan +
8. The earliest stages of star and planet formation: core collapse, and the formation of disks and outflows — [movie][slides][chapter] — Z.-Y. Li +
9. The evolution of protostars: insights from ten years of infrared surveys with SPITZER and HERSCHEL — [movie][slides][chapter] — M. Dunham, A. Stutz +
10. Ages of young stars — [movie][slides][chapter] — D. Soderblom +
11. Star cluster formation and feedback — [movie][slides][chapter] — M. Krumholz +
12. Multiplicity in Early Stellar Evolution — [movie][slides][chapter] — B. Reipurth +
13. The formation and early evolution of young massive clusters — [movie][slides][chapter] — S. Longmore +

Disk Formation and Evolution

14. Physical and chemical structure of planet-forming disks probed by millimeter observations and modelling — [movie][slides][chapter] — A. Dutrey +
15. Dust evolution in protoplanetary disk — [movie][slides][chapter] — L. Testi+
16. Volatiles in protoplanetary disks — [movie][slides][chapter] — K. Pontoppidan +
17. Water: from clouds to planets — [movie][slides][chapter] — E. van Dishoeck +
18. Episodic accretion in young stars — [movie][slides][chapter] — M. Audard +
19. Transport and accretion in planet-forming disks — [movie][slides][chapter] — N. Turner +
20. Angular momentum evolution of young low-mass stars and brown dwarfs: observations and theory — [movie][slides][chapter] — J. Bouvier +
21. Jets and outflows from star to cloud: observations confront theory — [movie][slides][chapter] — A. Frank +
22. The dispersal of protoplanetary discs — [movie][slides][chapter] — R. Alexander +
23. An observational perspective of transitional disks around T Tauri stars — [movie][slides][chapter] — C. Espaillat +
24. Observations, Modeling and Theory of Debris Discs — [movie][slides][chapter] — B. Matthews +

Planetary Systems: Search, Formation and Evolution

25. The multifaceted planetesimal formation process — [movie][slides][chapter] — A. Johansen +
26. Early thermal evolution of planetesimals and its impact on processing and dating of meteoritic material — [movie][slides][chapter] — H.-P. Gail +
27. Terrestrial planet formation at home and abroad — [movie][slides][chapter] — S. Raymond +
28. Formation of brown dwarfs vs giant planets: confronting theory with observations — [movie][slides][chapter] — G. Chabrier +
29. Giant planet formation, evolution, and internal structure — [movie][slides][chapter] — R. Helled +
30. Planet-disc interactions and early evolution of planetary systems — [movie][slides][chapter] – C. Baruteau +
31. Planet population synthesis — [movie][slides][chapter] — W. Benz +
32. New exoplanetary systems — [movie][chapter] — D. Fischer +
33. Exoplanetary atmospheres — [movie][slides][chapter] — N. Madhusudhan +
34. Planetary internal structures — [movie][slides][chapter] — I. Baraffe +
35. The long-term dynamical evolution of planetary systems — [movie][slides][chapter] — M. Davies +
36. Samples of the solar systrem: Recent developments — [movie][chapter] —  A. Davis +

Astrophysical Conditions for Life

37. Deuterium fractionation: the ariadne thread from the pre-collapse phase to meteorites and comets today— [movie][slides][chapter] — C. Ceccarelli +
38. Astrophysical conditions for planetary habitability — [movie][slides][chapter] — M. Güdel +



T, Jan 13:  Organization meeting

The schedule of the course will be defined during the Organization meeting.


Useful links:

Protostar and Planets VI – online talks
Protostar and Planets VI – online chapters