Gordon Research Conferences
PI_Conferences PI_Conferences_Past
Conference Program
 
Origins of Solar Systems
June 23-28, 2013
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA
Chair:
Edward D. Young

Vice Chair:
Fred J. Ciesla

This conference is dedicated to understanding how our solar system formed, and how its architecture compares with other planetary systems around other stars. The overarching theme of this year’s conference will be devoted to answering the question: how "normal" is our solar system? We will explore this topic on a large variety of scales. Our goal will be to place the planets, our star, and indeed our galaxy in an evolutionary context and in so doing assess whether our solar system formed as a result of circumstances common to our galaxy or whether it is the product of a number of rare or unlikely events.

Among the key issues we will address is how Galactic Chemical Evolution, the continued synthesis of elements heavier than hydrogen and helium within stars and their expulsion into interstellar space at the end of the lifetime of those stars, altered the efficacy of planet formation over the life of the Galaxy. Statistically meaningful correlations between planetary production and stellar properties are now possible using new results from Kepler. For example, recent suggestions are that rocky (terrestrial-like) planets form readily as byproducts of stellar accretion irrespective of metallicity with the latter mainly governing the timescale of their formation.

In our own solar system, we have a record of the earliest stages of planet formation in the different classes of meteorites. In principle this record can be used to elucidate the nature and pace of the planet forming processes. We will emphasize latest results that relate meteoritical observations to the parent bodies of the meteorites, the timing of the formation of these bodies, and implications for the planet forming process. These results will be compared with astronomical constraints on these same processes occurring or having occurred around solar-like stars as well as stars of different masses and chemical compositions in order to address our central focus of what is "normal."


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmBirth Environments of Solar-like Stars: Implications for the Solar System
Discussion Leader: Jonathan Williams (University of Hawaii)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pm Roland Diehl (Max Planck Inst.)
"Short-lived radionuclides in the ISM"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pm Paola Caselli (University of Leeds)
"The astrochemical heritage of the solar system"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:45 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmProtoplanetary Disk Evolution: Observations
Discussion Leader: Fred Ciesla (University of Chicago)
9:00 am - 9:40 am John Bally (University of Colorado)
"Observational constraints on protoplanetary disk evolution"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Sean Andrews (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
"Millimeter-wave observations of the hallmarks of planet formation in young disks"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Carl Melis (University of California San Diego)
"Dust grains in protoplanetary disks"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmChemistry of Protoplanetary Disks
Discussion Leader: Steven Charnley (NASA Goddard)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Edwin Bergin (NASA JPL)
"The origin and fate of water in disks"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Karin Oberg (University of Virginia)
"Ice-gas interactions during planet formation"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmVolatiles in Protoplanetary Disks
Discussion Leader: Conel Alexander (Carnegie Institution of Washington)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Eva Wirstrom (University of Technology, Onsala Space Observatory, Sweden)
"Bridging the molecular cloud - disk gap with isotopologues"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Colette Salyk (National Optical Astronomy Observatory)
"Observations of chemistry in planet-forming regions"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Dominique Bockelee-Morvan (Observatoire Paris-Site de Meudon)
"New results from comet observations"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmBuilding Blocks of Terrestrial Planets
Discussion Leader: Lindy Elkins-Tanton (Carnegie Institution of Washington)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Benjamin Weiss (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"The parent bodies of meteorites"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm James Connelly (University of Copenhagen)
"Chronology of CAIs and chondrules"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmConsequences of Planetesimal Dynamics
Discussion Leader: Edward Scott (University of Hawaii)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Erik Asphaug (Arizona State University)
"Chondrite parent bodies as products of collisions"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Jay Melosh (Purdue University)
"Are chondrules created by impacts?"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Simone Marchi (NASA Lunar Science Institute, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder)
"The Moon and Vesta: witnesses to the early solar system"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDust to Planets
Discussion Leader: Re'em Sari (Hebrew University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Hilke Schlichting (University of California Los Angeles)
"Building the Kuiper and asteroid belts"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Ruth Murray-Clay (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
"Gas-assisted growth of solids in a protoplanetary nebula"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmArchitectures of Planetary Systems
Discussion Leader: Hal Levison (Southwest Research Institute, Boulder)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Ivan Ramirez (University of Texas)
"Planet signatures in the chemical composition of their host stars"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Eugene Chiang (University of California Berkeley)
"The minimum-mass extrasolar nebula: in-situ formation of close-in super Earths"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Diana Valencia (University of Toronto, Scarborough)
"Linked bulk and orbital properties of low-mass planets"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmGiant Impacts and Planet Formation
Discussion Leader: Dave Stevenson (California Institute of Technology)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Francis Nimmo (University of California Santa Cruz)
"Thermal, chemical and isotopic consequences of accretion"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm David Rubie (Bayerisches Geoinstitut, University of Bayreuth)
"Terrestrial planet formation in the context of giant planet migration"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
© 2014 Gordon Research Conferences Search | Contact | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Follow us: Facebook Twitter