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The growing field of post-main-sequence exoplanetary science

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The quest for identifying the bulk chemical composition of extrasolar planets and robust observational evidence that between 25%-50% of all Milky Way white dwarfs host currently dynamically-active planetary systems motivate investigations that link their formation and fate. Here I provide a review of our current knowledge of these systems. I show how this field incorporates several facets of astrophysics and planetary science, including orbital dynamics, stellar evolution, astrochemistry, atmospheric science and surface processes. I outline the fundamental outstanding questions which remain about the origin and evolution of these fascinating systems.

This talk is part of the Exoplanet Meetings series.

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