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Course unit
SCP7081805, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC2382, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track PHYSICS OF THE UNIVERSE [003PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PLANETARY ASTROPHYSICS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge FRANCESCO MARZARI FIS/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines FIS/05 Astronomy and Astrophysics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Basic courses of the 3--year period.
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge of the formation and evolution of planetary systems
Examination methods: Oral exam
Assessment criteria: Knowledge of the presented topics and ability in analitical derivation.
Course unit contents: 1) Dynamical and physical properties of planets and exoplanets.
2) Planetary formation from circumstellar disks, migration and planet-planet scattering. Short tutorial on fluid dynamics and tidal interaction between planets and disks.
3) Magnetic fields of the planets, origin and morphology.
4) Plasma motion in planetary fields, Van Allen Belts, magnetospheres and solar wind.
5) Tidal interaction planet-satellite and planet-star, lengthening of the terrestrial day and Moon outward drift.
6) Physics of planetary interiors, state and structure equations.
7) Non-gravitational forces acting on planetary precursors: Poyting-Robertson drag, Yarkowski effect, gas drag.
7) Three-body problem: Lagrangian points (Trojan orbits), their stability, Hill's sphere and its applications (cataclysmic variables, asteroid satellites).
8) Secular perturbations in multiple planet systems.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classroom lessons and in-depth analysis on text books and lecture notes.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Textbooks
Lecture notes:
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Murray and Dermott, Solar System Dynamics. --: Cambridge, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Armitage, Astrophysics of planet formation. --: Cambridge, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Goldston and Rutherford, Introduction to plasma physics. --: IoP, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Thompson, An introduction to astrophysical fluid dynamics. --: Imperial college press, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bertotti, Farinella and Vokroulicki, Physics of the solar system. --: Kluwer, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • DePater and Lissauer, Planetary Sciences. --: Cambridge, --. Cerca nel catalogo