• Apr 08 2014

    UKZN node seminar by Dr. Henry Throop (University of Pretoria)

    The National Institute for Theoretical Physics, and the Centre for Theoretical Physics, School of Physics, would like to invite to its coming talk in the theoretical physics seminar series, entitled:

    "Planet Formation in Dense Star Clusters"

    to be presented by Dr. Henry Throop (University of Pretoria)

    Abstract: Our Solar System's closest stellar neighbors are several light years away, and most models of the Solar System's formation assume that we have been isolated from other stars. But a growing body of evidence suggests that most stars and planets form in star clusters far more dense, where tens of thousands of young stars are initially packed into the same volume of space as between us and our closest stellar neighbors. The Orion region is one such nearby dense stellar cluster, where UV radiation, clouds of gas, and encounters with other stars can shape the future of planetary systems. I will discuss our recent observations and modeling of the formation of stars, disks, and planets in dense star clusters such as Orion, and what this says about the formation of stars and planets throughout the galaxy.

    Dates: Tuesday, 8th April 2014
    Venue: Frank Nabarro Lecture Theatre P216
    Time: 13.20 - 14.10

    For more information:

    Alan S. Cornell

    School of Physics
    University of the Witwatersrand
    Private Bag 3
    Wits 2050
    South Africa