Planets Outside the Solar System: Theory and Observations

  • J.-M. Mariotti
  • D. Alloin

Part of the NATO Science Series book series (ASIC, volume 532)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Theory and Modeling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. V. P. Grinin
      Pages 51-64
    3. J. C. B. Papaloizou, C. Terquem, R. P. Nelson
      Pages 65-86
    4. Bertil Olsson
      Pages 87-94
    5. A. Lecavelier Des Etangs
      Pages 95-104
    6. D. Queloz
      Pages 107-120
    7. G. Wuchterl
      Pages 155-172
    8. J. Kasting
      Pages 173-173
  3. Observational Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-176
    2. M. M. Colavita
      Pages 177-188
    3. Maciej Konacki, Andrzej J. Maciejewski
      Pages 249-260
    4. J.-M. Mariotti
      Pages 281-296
    5. P. Y. Bely
      Pages 319-327
  4. Astrobiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 329-330
    2. Marie-Christine Maurel
      Pages 331-364
    3. T. C. Owen
      Pages 381-396
    4. A. LÉger
      Pages 397-412
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 421-421

About this book


The question of the existence of other worlds and other living beings has been present in the human quest for knowledge since as far as Epicurus. For centuries this question belonged to the fields of philosophy and theology. The theoretical problem of the formation of the Solar System, and hence of other planetary systems, was tackled only during the 18th century, while the first observational attempts for a detection started less than one hundred years ago. Direct observation of an extra-solar planetary system is an extraordinarily difficult problem: extra-solar planets are at huge distances, are incredibly faint and are overwhelmed by the bright light of their own stars. With virtually no observational insight to test their models, theoreticians have remained for decades in a difficult position to make substantial progress. Yet, the field of stellar formation has provided since the 1980s both the the­ oretical and observational evidences for the formation of discs at the stage of star birth and for debris materials orbiting the very young stellar systems. It was tempting to consider that these left-overs might indeed later agglomerate into planetary systems more or less similar to ours. Then came observational evidences for planets outside the Solar System.


Planet Planetary system Solar System astrophysics biochemistry solar

Editors and affiliations

  • J.-M. Mariotti
  • D. Alloin
    • 1
  1. 1.European Southern ObservatoryGarchingGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-5709-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-4623-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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