Astronomía Extragaláctica Y CosmologíaSistemas PlanetariosPlasmas Astrofísicos

Galactic and Extragalactic Astronomy

Planetary Systems

Astrophysical Plasmas

Planetary Systems

The research interests of the Group of Planetary Systems focus on the origin and dynamic evolution of planets and small bodies around the Sun and other stars. Since the discovery of the first extrasolar planet in 1995 by Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, we have witnessed a true revolution in planetary astronomy with several thousand of new systems detected so far. While some of their features are similar to our Solar system, others show marked differences, including planetary bodies in cometary and/or retrograde orbits, hot Jupiters and planets in multiple star systems. This enormous and growing diversity points towards planetary formation processes which may be much more complex than imagined a few years ago.

Our work is developed in unison with staff from the Astronomical Observatory of the UNC. Current research topics include:

  • Formation and orbital evolution of planets in binary star systems.
  • Models of tidal interaction and its application to planets and satellites.
  • Secular and resonant evolution of multiple planetary systems.
  • Resonant dynamics of satellites around gas giants.
  • Study of coorbital configurations around planets or stars.
  • Study of coorbital configurations around planets or stars.

In collaboration with colleagues from FaMAF, FCEFyN and researchers from other universities, we have recently undertaken studies on the dynamics of artificial satellites in LEO and MEO regions, searching for optimal de-orbiting mechanisms with minimum fuel consumption. We aim to develop dynamical algorithms that may help design future space missions complying with environmental and sustainability constraints.

Galactic and Extragalactic Astronomy

The 13.8 billion years of the Universe is enough time to form giant objects, being the galaxies one of the most interesting. Galaxies are truly island universes where […]

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Stellar Astrophysics

El Universo está plagado de estrellas y la mayoría de ellas forman sistemas estelares y asociaciones. Entre los muchos sistemas estelares que pueden observarse, los cúmulos estelares (CE) se encuentran […]

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Large Scale Structure of the Universe

The large-scale structure of the Universe is the field of cosmology that studies the distribution of the matter in the Universe on the largest scales […]

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Astrophysical Plasmas

The plasma is the most common state of the baryonic matter in the Universe (99%). Most of a star, the interplanetary and interstellar medium, and the ionosphere, are plasmas […]

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Planetary Systems

Los estudios desarrollados por los integrantes del Grupo de Sistemas Planetarios buscan descifrar el origen y la evolución dinámica de planetas y cuerpos menores que orbitan el Sol u otras estrellas. […]

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