Ken Rice

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Research Interests

My research interests are in theoretical and computational astrophysics . One focus is the evolution of accretion discs and how this relates to the formation of stars and planets. I am particularly interested in accretion discs that are massive enough for their own self-gravity to play a role in their evolution. I also have an interest in the formation and evolution of planets and planetary systems.  In particular, I am interested in how planets can migrate very close to their parent stars and what happens to such planets when they do end up in these very close orbits.

My research in a nutshell

I currently focus mainly on understanding the formation and evolution of planets and planetary systems.  In particular I am interested in the formation of directly imaged, massive planets that have large orbital radii.  Our current understanding is that such systems are probably rare, and that is starting to become consistent with our theoretical understanding of their formation.  I'm also involved in one of the exoplanet detection programmes which is starting to announce both newly discovered systems, and more detailed information about the properties of some of the recently discovered systems. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of KwaZulu-Natal

Award Date: 1 Jan 1998

Bachelor of Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Award Date: 1 Jan 1991

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