The DFG, German Research Foundation (DFG) has established the Priority Programme “Exploring the Diversity of Extrasolar Planets” which is going to run for six years. This SPP tries to answer the questions, what the diversity of exoplanets tells us about their formation processes and the evolution of planets and planetary systems, what we can learn about the astrophysical conditions necessary to harbour life and if these conditions are common in our Milky Way. To understand the diversity and complexity of exoplanets requires combined efforts across disciplines, linking observational planet detection and characterization to theory. The SPP supports projects which have a direct relationship to observational exoplanetary data which will become available within the time frame of this SPP, their analysis and/or their scientific interpretation.
ZAH participates sucessfully with five projects:
Pebble accretion and the composition of exoplanets (C. Dullemond, ITA)
Composition of planets with an N-body-Monte-Carlo approach (C. Dullemond, ITA)
Characterizing and Understanding the Planet Population around Intermediate Mass Stars (S. Reffert, LSW)
How planetary systems are shaped by their birthplace (R. Spurzem, ARI)
Cool Earths: Discovering Exoplanets beyond the Snow-line with Gravitational Microlensing (J. Wambsganss, ARI)
Homepage of the SPP 1992 "Exploring the Diversity of Extrasolar Planets"