Special Issue "Planet Formation and the Rise of Life"


A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729). This special issue belongs to the section "Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Sarah Maddison
Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Faculty of ICT, Swinburne University of Technology, H30, PO Box 218, Hawthorn, 3122, Victoria, Australia
Website: http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/maddison/
E-Mail: smaddison@swin.edu.au
Interests: planet formation; grain growth; refractory grains;disk dynamics; disk evolution; debris disks; planetary dynamics; planet-disk interactions; radio interferometry; gas+dust hydrodynamics; N-body simulations; thermodynamics and condensation; molecular clouds; conditions of star formation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

While the building blocks of life appear to be  available in molecular clouds, life almost certainly needs a host planet on which to form and evolve. Understanding the formation and dynamical evolution of planetary systems is a vital first step in our understanding of life. This special edition invites new works and reviews covering topics related to the formation of the first condensates; the growth of planetesimals and planetary systems in protoplanetary discs; the early chemical and dynamical evolution of our Solar System; and the dynamics and architecture of the exoplanet systems we observe around main-sequence stars today and potential implications to the rise of life.

Dr. Sarah Maddison
Guest Editor


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  • protoplanetary disks
  • planetesimals formation
  • grain growth
  • grain chemistry
  • disk evolution
  • planet-disk interaction
  • debris disks;
  • habitable zone
  • planetary dynamics
  • extrasolar planets

Published Papers (4 papers)

by , , , ,  and
Life 2014, 4(2), 142-173; doi:10.3390/life4020142
Received: 31 October 2013; in revised form: 13 March 2014 / Accepted: 18 March 2014 / Published: 14 April 2014
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Life 2014, 4(1), 35-65; doi:10.3390/life4010035
Received: 25 October 2013; in revised form: 10 February 2014 / Accepted: 17 February 2014 / Published: 21 February 2014
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by  and
Life 2014, 4(1), 4-34; doi:10.3390/life4010004
Received: 1 November 2013; in revised form: 26 December 2013 / Accepted: 16 January 2014 / Published: 28 January 2014
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by , ,  and
Life 2013, 3(3), 449-473; doi:10.3390/life3030449
Received: 8 May 2013; in revised form: 15 May 2013 / Accepted: 10 July 2013 / Published: 30 July 2013
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Last update: 9 August 2013

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