Planet Population Synthesis

Benz, Willy; Ida, S.; Alibert, Yann; Lin, D.; Mordasini, Christoph (2014). Planet Population Synthesis (In Press). In: Beuther, Henrik; Klessen, Ralf S.; Dullemond, Cornelis P.; Henning, Thomas (eds.) Protostars and Planets VI. University of Arizona Press

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With the increasing number of exoplanets discovered, statistical properties of the population as a whole become unique constraints on planet-formation models, provided a link between the description of the detailed processes playing a role in this formation and the observed population can be established. Planet population synthesis provides such a link. This approach allows us to study how different physical models of individual processes (e.g., protoplanetary disk structure and evolution, planetesimal formation, gas accretion, migration, etc.) affect the overall properties of the population of emerging planets. By necessity, planet population synthesis relies on simplified descriptions of complex processes. These descriptions can be obtained from more detailed specialized simulations of these processes. The objective of this chapter is twofold: (1) provide an overview of the physics entering in the two main approaches to planet population synthesis, and (2) present some of the results achieved as well as illustrate how it can be used to extract constraints on the models and to help interpret observations.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Space Research and Planetary Sciences > Theoretical Astrophysics and Planetary Science (TAPS)
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Space Research and Planetary Sciences
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute

UniBE Contributor:

Benz, Willy; Alibert, Yann and Mordasini, Christoph


500 Science > 530 Physics


University of Arizona Press




Cléa Serpollier

Date Deposited:

21 Aug 2015 13:14

Last Modified:

26 Apr 2017 02:30


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