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Rocky Exoplanets, Geology and White Dwarfs

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We live in an epoch of exoplanet discovery. Yet, it remains difficult to probe the interiors of rocky exoplanets. White dwarfs that have accreted planetary material provide a unique means to study the composition and geology of exoplanetary systems. I will discuss the origin of these observations and how we can use them to study the differentiation of exoplanetary bodies. In our Solar System, many planetary bodies have undergone large scale melting, leading to the formation of a planetary core. Does this process of differentiation also occur in exoplanetary systems?

This talk is part of the Institute of Astronomy Seminars series.

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