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SCN1032625, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1173, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHYSICS OF PLANETS
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Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
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Teacher in charge FRANCESCO MARZARI FIS/05

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

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Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses FIS/05 Astronomy and Astrophysics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second 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 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
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Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 Commissione Planetary Astrophysics 2019/2020 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 MARZARI FRANCESCO (Presidente)
PIOTTO GIAMPAOLO (Membro Effettivo)

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