Welcome to the Homepage of the PSF-Theory Group!
(c) Benisty et al. 2015 [less]
(c) Benisty et al. 2015
We seek to solve riddles in the fields of planet formation, exo-planets, brown dwarfs and massive stars.
Recent years have seen an enormous rise in data about the structures and characteristics of extrasolar planetary systems grace to missions like Kepler, Corot and surveys performed by earth bound instrument like SUPERWasp, ELODIE, HARPS etc.
The naive picture of our sun being very normal and our solar system being quite unusual compared to the galactic population, that existed in the early years of (exo)planetary exploration has hence been severely challenged.
To achieve the goal of a theoretical and hence, thorough understanding of those objects, we perform work on paper for the simpler parts as well as heavy numerical supercomputing for tough nonlinear problems.
Collaborations with other groups that take similar interests as we do, are important for bringing our work into the bigger picture of astrophysics. Especially to mention here are ITA (C. Dullemond, Dust models), and other Institutes (R. Kuiper, Star formation) etc.
As appetizer for your curiosity we have assembled a small overview of our current work: