FREE Public Talk @ Swinburne University: From Grains to Planets

FREE Public Talk @ Swinburne University: From Grains to Planets
6:30pm Friday 25th May, 2012

Solar System bodies such as planets, meteorites and comets are all created from small grains during the protoplanetary disk phase. The chemical composition of all these objects is intrinsically related to the chemistry of gas and grains in the parent disk. In the first part of the lecture we will explore the evidence we have to understand grain growth in disks. In the second part of the lecture we will go through the chemistry of disks and how thermodynamics can help us to understand the formation of our Solar System and the bulk composition of exoplanets orbiting stars different from our Sun.

The lecture will be presented by Catarina Ubach and Francesco Pignatale, 3rd year PhD students from Swinburne University Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (CAS) in room ATC101.

Please complete the on-line registration form by 22nd May to reserve a seat or contact Liz Thackray on ethackray@swin.edu.au or (03) 9214 5569.

Audio recordings of previous talks from this year and the last few years are available from the CAS website. Join the CAS mailing list to hear about future events.