A decade of extrasolar planets around normal stars

Proceedings of the Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium, held in Baltimore, Maryland May 2-5, 2005


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Participants page vii

Preface xi

Extrasolar planets: Past, present, and future

The quest for very low-mass planets

M. Mayor, F. Pepe, C. Lovis, D. Queloz & S. Udry 15

Extrasolar planets: A galactic perspective

The Kepler Mission: Design, expected science results, opportunities to participate W. J. Borucki, D. Koch, G. Basri, T. Brown, D. Caldwell, E. Devore, E. Dunham, T. Gautier, J. Geary, R. Gilliland, A. Gould, S. Howell, J. Jenkins, & D. Latham 36

Observations of the atmospheres of extrasolar planets

T. M. Brown, R. Alonso, M. Knolker, H. Rauer, & W. Schmidt 50

Planetary migration

Observational constraints on dust disk lifetimes: Implications for planet formation

L. A. Hillenbrand 84

The evolution of gas in disks

J. Najita 106

Planet formation

Core accretion-gas capture model for gas giant planet formation

O. Hubickyj 138

Gravitational instabilities in protoplanetary disks

R. H. Durisen 153

Conference summary: The quest for new worlds

J. E. Pringle 178


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The Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium on A Decade of Extrasolar Planets around Normal Stars took place during 2-5 May 2005.

These proceedings represent only a part of the invited talks that were presented at the symposium. We thank the contributing authors for preparing their manuscripts.

The past decade has witnessed astonishing progress in this field. While before 1995 not a single planet around a normal star was known outside the Solar System, we now know of more than 160 such planets. Furthermore, while the initial discoveries were of Jupiter-size planets, currently we know of an extrasolar planet with a mass of about five Earth masses. These findings mark crucial milestones in the search for extraterrestrial life—arguably one of the most intriguing endeavors of science today.

We thank Sharon Toolan of ST ScI for her help in preparing this volume for publication.

Mario Livio Kailash Sahu Jeff Valenti

Space Telescope Science Institute Baltimore, Maryland

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