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date: 01 October 2022

Planetary Systems Around White Dwarfslocked

Planetary Systems Around White Dwarfslocked

  • Dimitri VerasDimitri VerasUniversity of Warwick

Summary

White dwarf planetary science is a rapidly growing field of research featuring a diverse set of observations and theoretical explorations. Giant planets, minor planets, and debris discs have all been detected orbiting white dwarfs. The innards of broken-up minor planets are measured on an element-by-element basis, providing a unique probe of exoplanetary chemistry. Numerical simulations and analytical investigations trace the violent physical and dynamical history of these systems from astronomical unit (au)-scale distances to the immediate vicinity of the white dwarf, where minor planets are broken down into dust and gas and accrete onto the white dwarf photosphere. Current and upcoming ground-based and space-based instruments are likely to further accelerate the pace of discoveries.

Subjects

  • Extrasolar Planets and Systems
  • Observational and Experimental Techniques
  • Planetary Chemistry and Cosmochemistry

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