Prof. Ken Rice

Personal Chair in Computational Astrophysics
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Institute for Astronomy, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ, United Kingdom

Research interests

My research interests are in theoretical and computational astrophysics . One focus is the evolution of accretion discs and how this relates to the formation of stars and planets. I am particularly interested in accretion discs that are massive enough for their own self-gravity to play a role in their evolution. I also have an interest in the formation and evolution of planets and planetary systems.  In particular, I am interested in how planets can migrate very close to their parent stars and what happens to such planets when they do end up in these very close orbits.

Research outputs

  1. An Ultra-short Period Rocky Super-Earth with a Secondary Eclipse and a Neptune-like Companion around K2-141 DOI
    Luca Malavolta, Andrew W. Mayo, Tom Louden, Vinesh M. Rajpaul, Aldo S. Bonomo, Lars A. Buchhave, Laura Kreidberg, Martti H. Kristiansen, Mercedes Lopez-Morales, Annelies Mortier et al., Astronomical Journal, 155, 3 , p. 107 (2018)
  2. The UK Centre for Astrobiology DOI
    Charles S Cockell, Beth Biller, Casey C. Bryce, Claire Cousins, Susana Direito, Duncan Forgan, Mark Fox-Powell, Jesse Harrison, Hanna Landenmark, Sophie L. Nixon et al., Astrobiology (2018)
  3. On fragmentation of turbulent self-gravitating discs in the long cooling time regime DOI
    Ken Rice and Sergei Nayakshin, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 475, 1 , p. 921-931 (2017)
  4. Precise Masses in the WASP-47 System DOI
    Andrew Vanderburg, Juliette C. Becker, Lars A. Buchhave, Annelies Mortier, Eric Lopez, Luca Malavolta, Raphaëlle D. Haywood, David W. Latham, David Charbonneau, Mercedes López-Morales et al., Astronomical Journal, 154, 6 , p. 237 (2017)
  5. Identifying and analysing protostellar disc fragments in smoothed particle hydrodynamics simulations DOI
    Cassandra Hall, Duncan Forgan and Ken Rice, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 470, 3 , p. 2517-2538 (2017)
  6. Three’s Company: An Additional Non-transiting Super-Earth in the Bright HD 3167 System, and Masses for All Three Planets DOI
    Jessie L. Christiansen, Andrew Vanderburg, Jennifer Burt, B. J. Fulton, Konstantin Batygin, Björn Benneke, John M. Brewer, David Charbonneau, David R. Ciardi, Andrew Collier Cameron et al., Astronomical Journal, 154, 3 , p. 122 (2017)
  7. The VLT/NaCo large program to probe the occurrence of exoplanets and brown dwarfs at wide orbits. IV. Gravitational instability rarely forms wide, giant planets DOI
    A. Vigan, M. Bonavita, B. Biller, D. Forgan, K. Rice, G. Chauvin, S. Desidera, J.-C. Meunier, P. Delorme, J. E. Schlieder et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 603 (2017)
  8. The Kepler-19 System: A Thick-envelope Super-Earth with Two Neptune-mass Companions Characterized Using Radial Velocities and Transit Timing Variations DOI
    Luca Malavolta, Luca Borsato, Valentina Granata, Giampaolo Piotto, Eric Lopez, Andrew Vanderburg, Pedro Figueira, Annelies Mortier, Valerio Nascimbeni, Laura Affer et al., Astronomical Journal, 153, 5 , p. 224 (2017)
  9. A 1.9 Earth Radius Rocky Planet and the Discovery of a Non-transiting Planet in the Kepler-20 System DOI
    Lars A. Buchhave, Courtney D. Dressing, Xavier Dumusque, Ken Rice, Andrew Vanderburg, Annelies Mortier, Mercedes Lopez-Morales, Eric Lopez, Mia S. Lundkvist, Hans Kjeldsen et al., Astronomical Journal, 152, 6 , p. 160 (2016)
  10. Kepler-21b: A Rocky Planet Around a V = 8.25 Magnitude Star DOI
    Mercedes López-Morales, Raphaëlle D. Haywood, Jeffrey L. Coughlin, Li Zeng, Lars A. Buchhave, Helen A. C. Giles, Laura Affer, Aldo S. Bonomo, David Charbonneau, Andrew Collier Cameron et al., Astronomical Journal, 152, 6 , p. 204 (2016)
Last updated: 19 Feb 2018 at 21:11