Guest: Dr. Yayaati Chachan
CITA/MSI Postdoctoral Fellow
Title: How to Build a Planet: Assembling Planets in Stellar Sandboxes
Nearly every star has a planet orbiting around it. The formation of planets is therefore a robust outcome of star formation. Yet, our understanding of this process is still fairly primitive. In this talk, I will summarize my efforts to shed new light on the process of planet formation. By using both theoretical and observational tools, I will piece together explanations of a variety of observed properties of planets, from their orbital architectures to their compositions. I will also discuss ongoing and upcoming observations that will provide us with more clues about how planets form.