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The Ballet of the Free-Floating Planets

01 Aug 2015 . category: academic . Comments
#astrophysics #gravitation #n-body #simulations #amuse #internship

What? LEAPS (Leiden/ESA Astrophysics Program for Summer Students)

When? Summer 2015

Where? Leiden University Observatory, Leiden, The Netherlands

Advisor? Dr. Lucie Jílková

Free-Floating Planets (FFP) are planets that are not gravitationally bounded to any star and they ‘float’ around space. In this project I studied the possibility for a FFP to be captured by a solar system and become bounded to the collection of bodies. I used AMUSE (http://amusecode.org) to simulate millions of incoming FFP and their interactions with the star-planet formation.


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