Ge/Ay 133: The Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems

(INCREASINGLY LESS) NEW: Glossary of Terms

Profs: Geoff Blakethe solar system
         165A S. Mudd

TA: Joshua Kammer
         158 S. Mudd

Office hours: M/W 4-5 p.m., 158 South Mudd
Geoff is also the Master of Student Houses (MOSH), and so splits his time between S. Mudd and his office on the Olive Walk. E-mail is the best way to get a hold of him!

These web pages are currently under construction, so tune in regularly during the first week+ of class, esp. for class dates and reading.

Class hours: MWF 10-11 am
Class location: 176 S. Mudd

Class mechanics (You might want to read this, important information here!)


As they are posted, you can download any slides from the lectures here

The main textbook for the course, Astrophysics of Planet Formation, by Phil Armitage, does a very good job of covering the essential aspects of disk evolution and the various stages of planet formation. But, it does not deal with all of the aspects of planet formation that we will be considering, and so additional reading will often be assigned. Central papers are listed below in italics, and we'll often include additional items of interest you can take or leave as you see fit. I have also just discovered the nice book entitled Exoplanets, edited by Sara Seager, which has very nice tutorial chapters on all the major methods of exoplanet detection. I have the one copy from the GPS library and will look into getting an extra copy or two for the class. Geoff's travel schedule for Oct/Nov is not yet set, and there will certainly be NSF-related trips upcoming. Thus, the schedule below is iffy after the first couple of weeks of class. Stay tuned.