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Planet formation in evolving protoplanetary discs

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 January 2014

Richard Alexander*
Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK email:
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I attempt to summarize our knowledge of planet formation in evolving protoplanetary discs. I first review the physics of disc evolution and dispersal. For most of the disc lifetime evolution is driven by accretion and photoevaporation, and I discuss how the interplay between these processes shapes protoplanetary discs. I also discuss the observations that we use to test these models, and the major uncertainties that remain. I will then move on to consider planet formation and migration in evolving discs, and discuss how observations of both discs and planets can be used to inform our understanding of protoplanetary disc evolution.

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