The question of the existence of other worlds has been present in the history of mankind for centuries, but only recent scientific evidence has confirmed that planets could exist and are common outside the Solar System. Since the first discovery in 1992, over 850 new exoplanets have been cataloged.
Contrary to the Solar System, exoplanets' population presents several examples of exoplanets at very small distances from its stars, highly eccentric planetary orbits, and they are frequently found in configurations not previously imagined. This led to the development of new theories and areas of research, which ultimately can help us to better understand the Solar System.
Some of the projects that are currently being developed at the IATE include:
- Analyses of observational data for exoplanets (radial velocity and transit);
- Models of tidal interaction with the central star to study the origin of the population of "hot" exoplanets
- Study of the dynamics of extrasolar planets in mean motions resonances;
- Development of hydrodynamic codes to describe the interaction between planets and the protoplanetary disk;
- Analyses of the formation of planets in binary stellar systems.