The Transneptunian Region and Clues about Planet Formation

The Transneptunian belt is a reservoir of icy bodies in the outer reaches of our solar system. This region is believed to be the source of the Jupiter-Family Comets and is also thought to contain very pristine material, the leftovers of planet formation beyond the ice line. Therefore, the TransNeptunian Objects (TNOs) carry important information on how the solar system was formed, and can give plenty of details on the processes that were important or played major roles at different epochs. In this talk I will summarize some of the knowledge that we have been gathering on the Transneptunian region, including some results from my group at IAA, and I will try to stimulate a multidisciplinary discussion as well as an exchange of ideas on different topics that are important not only in the context of solar system science but also in several areas of modern astrophysics.


03/02/2011 - 13:00
José Luis Ortíz
Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía - CSIC