Date: Saturday 16th November | Time:  1.00pm – 2.00pm

Dr Dimitri Veras

Dimitri Veras is an Astrophysicist in the Department of Physics at the University of Warwick who researches the contents of exo-planetary systems in a wide variety of contexts, across both time and space. He has published academic articles about forming, destroying and evolving exo-planets, exo-asteroids, exo-moons and exo-comets while they interact with their parent star or stars. His most significant current research focus is on the future and fate of exo-asteroids, exo-comets, exo-moons and exo-planets: how they traverse the violent giant branch stellar evolution phases and “pollute” their host stars after they become “white dwarfs”.

Lecture synopsis


“Exo-Planets: Famous Firsts, Boisterous Births, and Destructive Deaths”


The field of exo-planetary science is now a quarter of a century old, and its prominence was heightened last month with the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Physics to two pioneers in this subject. In this talk, I will provide an overview of the mounting discoveries of these exo-planets, their smaller cousins exo-asteroids and exo-comets, and the theories which explain their formation, evolution and fate. I will highlight noteworthy exo-planets which, for example, may harbour life or are in the process of breaking up. I will conclude by detailing how both the UK and West Midlands will provide significant contributions to this field in the upcoming decades.
The fate of a planetary system as the host star becomes a violent giant branch star and then a dense ember known as a white dwarf. Artistry © Mark A. Garlick