Inside-Out Planet Formation

2018-11-15T00:00:00Z (GMT) by Tan, Jonathan
I present a short overview of the Inside-Out Planet Formation (IOPF) model (Chatterjee & Tan 2014, ApJ, 780, 53) for sequential in situ formation of the Kepler-discovered super-Earth population of close-in multi-planet systems at the pressure trap associated with a retreating dead zone inner boundary. I then discuss latest work exploring theoretical aspects of the model, including calculations of the structure of the inner disk, simulations of the gap opening process leading to pebble isolation and capture of H/He atmospheres. I end with a summary of observational tests of this planet formation model.