Yoram Lithwick

My papers at ADS | arXiv

Selected topics:

Kepler Planets

NASA's Kepler space telescope has, astonishingly, discovered thousands of extrasolar planets. Most of these are closer to their star than Mercury is to the Sun; are bigger than Earth and smaller than Neptune; and are members of packed planetary systems, often with 5, 6, 7+ planets in a system. How did such planets form and end up where they are? It remains a great mystery.

Chaotic Evolution of Planetary Orbits

Rotating Convection

Temperature gradient in rotating convection versus rotation rate: comparison between theory and simulations [BLD14]
Rotating convection is extremely common in astrophysics, both in stars and in planets. But it is not well understood, despite decades of extensive research. In [BLD14] we showed that a simple theory explains the properties of rotating convection, as found in 3D high resolution hydrodynamical simulations. We are currently extending this work to model rotating convection more accurately, so that the theory can be compared directly with observations.