Orange oval-shaped dust cloud around a bright star with small planets and rocks orbiting it

Title: Directly Imaging Planet Formation

Speaker: Eugene Chiang, Professor, UC Berkeley

When: Friday November 19th, 2021 at 3 pm

Where: Zoom

Abstract: For planet formation to be an empirical science we need to detect planets while they are still young and feeding from their parent circumstellar discs. Direct imaging of planets provides the way forward. We review imaging observations from ultraviolet (HST) to infrared (VLT, Gemini) to millimeter (ALMA) wavelengths and what they imply about the formation of Jupiters and Super-Jupiters. Classic ideas of dynamical friction, gravitational instability, and Bondi accretion are finding new applications.