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Observational planet formation

Shanghai Astronomical Observatory Astrophysics Colloquium

TitleObservational planet formation

Location:Large conference room , 3rd floor

Time3:00pm Sep. 15th (Thursday)

SpeakerProf. Ruobing DongUniversity of Victoria

AbstractIt is hard to see a plane cruising at 10 km during daytime, as the plane is tiny and faint on the sky. But, if we can see the contrail tailed behind the plane, we know where the plane is. In addition, by studying the contrail, we learn something about the plane, like where it has been and its speed. Now, astronomers are applying the same technique to study how planets form, by detecting and charactering the structures baby planets produce in their birth cradles — protoplanetary disks. This is a new field largely driven by discoveries made by some of the largest and most advanced telescopes ever built. I will introduce the current status of the field, and highlight some of the latest developments.

Assistant professor at the Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Victoria, since 2018 
Bok Fellow at Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, 2016 to 2018 
NASA Hubble Fellow at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 2013 to 2016 
Ph.D.: Astrophysics, Princeton University, 2013 B.S.: Physics, Peking University, 2008 

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