Publications by Caroline Terquem

Dynamical relaxation and the orbits of low-mass extrasolar planets

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 332 (2002)

C Terquem, JCB Papaloizou

We consider the evolution of a system containing a population of massive planets formed rapidly through a fragmentation process occurring on a scale on the order of 100 au and a lower mass planet that assembles in a disc on a much longer time-scale. During the formation phase, the inner planet is kept on a circular orbit owing to tidal interaction with the disc, while the outer planets undergo dynamical relaxation. Interaction with the massive planets left in the system after the inner planet forms may increase the eccentricity of the inner orbit to high values, producing systems similar to those observed.

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