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. A giant impact as the likely origin of different twins in the Kepler-107 exoplanet system DOI
    Aldo S. Bonomo, Li Zeng, Mario Damasso, Zoë M. Leinhardt, Anders B. Justesen, Eric Lopez, Mikkel N. Lund, Luca Malavolta, Victor Silva Aguirre, Lars A. Buchhave et al., Nature Astronomy (2019)
  2. HARPS-N radial velocities confirm the low densities of the Kepler-9 planets DOI
    L. Borsato, L. Malavolta, G. Piotto, L. A. Buchhave, A. Mortier, K. Rice, A. C. Cameron, A. Coffinet, A. Sozzetti, D. Charbonneau et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2019)
  3. EPIC 247418783b
    Molly R. Kosiarek, Sarah Blunt, Mercedes Lopez-Morales, Ian J. M. Crossfield, Evan Sinukoff, Erik A. Petigura, Erica J. Gonzales, Ennio Poretti, Luca Malavolta, Andrew W. Howard et al., Astronomical Journal (2019)
  4. The temporal requirements of directly observing self-gravitating spiral waves in protoplanetary discs with ALMA
    Cassandra Hall, Ruobing Dong, Ken Rice, Tim J. Harries, Joan Najita, Richard Alexander and Sean Brittain, Astrophysical Journal (2018)
  5. Masses and radii for the three super-Earths orbiting GJ 9827, and implications for the composition of small exoplanets
    K. Rice, L. Malavolta, A. Mayo, A. Mortier, L. A. Buchhave, L. Affer, A. Vanderburg, M. Lopez-Morales, E. Poretti, L. Zeng et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2018)
  6. K2-263 b: a 50 d period sub-Neptune with a mass measurement using HARPS-N DOI
    A. Mortier, A. S. Bonomo, V. M. Rajpaul, L. A. Buchhave, A. Vanderburg, L. Zeng, M. López-Morales, L. Malavolta, A. Collier Cameron, C. D. Dressing et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 481, 2 , p. 1839-1847 (2018)
  7. The Fate of Formamide in a Fragmenting Protoplanetary Disk DOI
    David Quénard, John D. Ilee, Izaskun Jiménez-serra, Duncan H. Forgan, Cassandra Hall and Ken Rice, Astrophysical Journal, 868, 1 (2018)
  8. How formation time-scales affect the period dependence of the transition between rocky super-Earths and gaseous sub-Neptunesand implications for η⊕ DOI
    Eric D. Lopez and Ken Rice, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 479, 4 , p. 5303-5311 (2018)
  9. Eyes on K2-3: A system of three likely sub-Neptunes characterized with HARPS-N and HARPS DOI
    M. Damasso, A. S. Bonomo, N. Astudillo-Defru, X. Bonfils, L. Malavolta, A. Sozzetti, E. Lopez, L. Zeng, R. D. Haywood, A. Mortier et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 615 (2018)
  10. Is the spiral morphology of the Elias 2-27 circumstellar disc due to gravitational instability? DOI
    Cassandra Hall, Ken Rice, Giovanni Dipierro, Duncan Forgan, Tim Harries and Richard Alexander, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 477, 1 , p. 1004-1014 (2018)
Last updated: 19 Feb 2018 at 21:11