David Jewitt

Professor of Earth & Space Sciences and Physics & Astronomy
Member of the Institute for Geophysics & Planetary Physics
Planets and Exoplanets

I am interested in the primitive bodies of the Solar System, especially the comets. In all likelihood, these objects are remnants from the accretional processes by which the major planets grew. My hope is that the properties of the comets will throw light on the nature and evolution of the protoplanetary disk. This connects naturally with the general issue of planet formation, and with the existence of dust disks around young stars.

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