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Core accretion—gas capture model for gas giant planet formation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 October 2009

Olenka Hubickyj
Affiliation:
UCO/Lick Observatory, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 94064 and NASA Ames Research Center, MS 245-3, Moffett Field, CA 94035, USA
Mario Livio
Affiliation:
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore
Kailash Sahu
Affiliation:
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore
Jeff Valenti
Affiliation:
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore
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The core accretion—gas capture model is generally accepted as the standard formation model for gas giant planets. It proposes that a solid core grows via the accretion of planetesimals, and then captures a massive envelope from the solar nebula gas. Simulations have been successful in explaining many features of giant planets. This chapter will present an overview of the historical and scientific developments of the model, a description of the computer code based on the core accretion hypothesis with a summary of results of recent computer simulations, and the effect the observational achievement of finding extrasolar planets has had on the core accretion—gas capture model.

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A Decade of Extrasolar Planets around Normal Stars
Proceedings of the Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium, held in Baltimore, Maryland May 2–5, 2005
, pp. 138 - 152
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2008

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