The growing field of post-main-sequence exoplanetary science
Wed 18 Apr, 2018 @12:00 PM, level 7
Dr. Dimitri Veras, STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow
University of Warwick
Connecting planetary systems at different stages of stellar evolution helps us understand their formation, evolution and fate, as well as provides us with crucial insights about their dynamics and chemistry. Post-main-sequence stars — pulsars, white dwarfs and giant branch stars — all host planetary systems, which often include remnant debris discs. Here I provide a review of our current knowledge of these systems. I show how this interdisciplinary field incorporates several facets of stellar physics and chemistry as well as solar system physics and chemistry, and detail simulation-based efforts to understand the big picture.