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280089 VO+SE MA-ERD-W-1.1 Late Accretion in the Solar System (PI) (2021S)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 20 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Online Course in English!
Class meetings: Tuesdays 1330-1500 and Thursdays 1500-1630.
First date: Tuesday March 16.
Office hours: Tuesdays from 900h-1000h, or by appointment.

Dienstag 16.03. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 18.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 23.03. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 25.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 13.04. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 15.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 20.04. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 22.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 27.04. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 29.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 04.05. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 06.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 11.05. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Dienstag 18.05. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 20.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Donnerstag 27.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 01.06. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Dienstag 08.06. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 10.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 15.06. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 17.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Littrow-Hörsaal Astronomie Sternwarte, Türkenschanzstraße 17
Dienstag 22.06. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 24.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 29.06. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The dynamical basis of the bombardment phenomenon in the context of planet formation and mechanisms such as giant planet migration. How do bombardments modulate the biosphere from the earliest times of the solar system? Are such extreme events are common (or not) to extrasolar systems?
The timescale for late accretion to the terrestrial planets is poorly known but an active area of study, especially here in Vienna. We will explore the history of thought on the bombardment of the early solar system, and investigate different ideas about the thermal events in the first billion or so years as recorded in planetary materials. Part of the course will ask you to consider whether any of the solid planetary bodies of our solar system could have experienced wholesale melting by bombardment.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Outcomes of projects assigned to teams of two students working together to explain aspects of late accretion. My expectation is that there will be approximately 4 such team projects that will be presented to the class by each team. Presentations will be judged by peers in a flipped classroom setting.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Background in geology (planetary or conventional), preferably with knowledge of geochemistry and geochronology. Those in astrophysics would benefit from having some knowledge of solid state physics and physical chemistry.
For criteria see above.


My approach is to provide an open and welcoming forum for the class in Planetary Science Symposium-type format wherein each student presents their chosen topic in late accretion in an AGU/LPSC-type talk. No final papers, and no take home exams. Presentations will be judged by peers.


Recommended texts are: de Pater, I. and Lissauer, J.J. (2001) Planetary Sciences, and Melosh, H.J. (2011) Planetary Surface Processes.

These books are available in hardcover from Cambridge University Press. Check on the internet for used (cheap) hard copies or electronic versions (or ask me). Other useful texts for those interested in delving more into the topics are: Davies, G.F. (1999) Dyanmic Earth and Turcotte, D.L. and Schubert, G. (2002) Geodynamics 2nd edition. There will be a few more recommendations forthcoming as we go along. Original papers and book chapters will be provided to you in electronic format ahead of time to discuss in our class meetings.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Fr 12.05.2023 00:22