Hands-on Numerical Astrophysics

School for Planet Formation


July 31 – August 4, 2023
Hotel Winzerhof, Rauenberg

About the Summer School

The question how the solar system and exoplanetary systems formed remains one of the key questions in astrophysics. The process of planet formation involves a large array of complex physical processes. Solving this question usually requires the use of complex numerical calculations, and hence the deployment of computer programs to undertake these calculations.

This summer school aims to teach young astrophysicists of PhD and Postdoc level the various physical processes leading to the formation of planets in protoplanetary disks, the computational methods to model them, as well as the observational data supporting these theories.

Hands-on approach

The purpose of this school is to provide the participants practical hands-on experience with the use of several code packages to perform numerical modeling of various aspects of planet formation.

The school has space for about 20 participants. PhD students and postdocs from the SPP 1992 have precedence (in that order), but if there is space left, then everyone else is also welcome.


The following topics will be covered (provisional):

  • Protoplanetary disks and their solids: Observations at optical wavelengths
  • Protoplanetary disks and their solids: Observations with ALMA
  • Dust growth and planetesimal formation
  • Pebble accretion
  • Gas Giant Planet formation
  • Hydrodynamic modeling of planet-disk interaction and planet migration
  • Dynamics of multi-planet systems
  • Link to the Solar System

Each topic will involve 1 lecture hour and 2 hours hands-on practice with a computer code. The participants should bring a laptop with Linux or MacOSX, working C, C++ and F90 compilers, working and modern Python installation etc. Prior to the start of the school, each teacher will provide information on how to install the required software, so that no time will be lost with installation issues during the workshop itself.

Confirmed teachers: Anna Miotello, Carsten Dominik, Joanna Drazkowska, Tim Lichtenberg, Julia Venturini, Thomas Rometsch, Sebastian Stammler.

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About the SPP 1992 “Exoplanet Diversity”

The SPP 1992 is a priority program (in German: SchwerPunktProgramm) funded by the German Research Foundation. It addresses the diversity and complexity of exoplanets by linking observational methods for planet detection and characterization with theory and modeling. More info can be found on the program’s official website: https://www-astro.physik.tu-berlin.de/exoplanet-diversity/.