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Astronomy Colloquium

Thursday, January 22, 2015
5:00 AM
411 West Hall

"Observing the Formation of Planetary Diversity"

Planets and planetary systems are incredibly diverse, as evidenced by the unique planets of our solar system, and the large variety of exoplanetary systems. How did this diversity develop? I will discuss our current understanding of how a unified planet formation scenario can explain such an array of planets, and describe the protoplanetary disk observations I have been performing to test aspects of this scenario.  I will focus in particular on how spectroscopic observations can be used to study both disk chemistry and disk kinematics.