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Star and Planet Formation



Review of recent observations and theories of star formation in molecular clouds. Discussion of the different stages and the physical processes involved in the formation of stars and planets. Special attention will be paid to the formation and evolution of circumstellar accretion disks, and the origin of giant and earth-like planets in those disks. Comparison of the composition of gas and grains in molecular clouds and disks with primitive solar system objects, comets and meteorites will be made, including recent results from the Deep Impact and Stardust missions.

Programme form



Handouts of lecture notes.


Master Schedule 2013-2014

Form of examination

Oral (by appointment) + optional presentation


BSc course Radiative processes (stralingsprocessen)

More information

Lecturer: Prof.dr. E.F. (Ewine) van Dishoeck
Assistent: Maria Drozdovskaya

See the course website