Tom Hands
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Institute for Computational Science, University of Zurich, Switzerland

My Research

I am mainly interested in understanding the formation and subsequent evolution of both our Solar system and extra-solar planets, and performing numerical modelling of these problems. In particular, I am currently using N-body methods to understand the objects of the outer Solar system, and a combination of N-body, hydrodynamic and viscous accretion disc modelling techniques to gain insight into the observed distribution of exo-planets. I am also interested in the development and improvement of a wide variety of numerical techniques.

Journal Publications

The fate of planetesimal discs in young open clusters: implications for 1I/'Oumuamua, the Kuiper belt, the Oort cloud and more
Hands, T. O.; Dehnen, W.; Gration, A.; Stadel, J.; Moore, B.
Submitted to MNRAS (arXiv:1901.02465 / ADS).

A new class of Super-Earths formed from high-temperature condensates: HD219134 b, 55 Cnc e, WASP-47 e
Dorn, C.; Harrison, J. H. D.; Bonsor, A.; Hands, T. O.
2018, MNRAS (arXiv:1812.07222 / ADS).

The origin of the structure of large–scale magnetic fields in disc galaxies
Nixon, C. J.; Hands, T. O.; King, A. R.; Pringle, J. E.
2018, MNRAS, 477, 3259 (arXiv:1803.01856 / ADS).

Breaking mean-motion resonances during Type I planet migration
Hands, T. O.; Alexander, R. D.
2018, MNRAS, 474, 3998 (arXiv:1710.06435 / ADS).

There might be giants: unseen Jupiter-mass planets as sculptors of tightly-packed planetary systems
Hands, T. O.; Alexander, R. D.
2016, MNRAS, 456, 4121(arXiv:1512.02649 / ADS).

Understanding the assembly of Kepler's compact planetary systems
Hands, T. O.; Alexander, R. D.; Dehnen, W.
2014, MNRAS, 445, 749 (arXiv:1409.0532 / ADS).

Understanding the assembly of Kepler's tightly-packed planetary systems
Hands, T. O.; Alexander, R. D.; Dehnen, W.
Published in Complex Planetary Systems, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 310 (ADS).

Meetings & Conferences

For an upto-date list of conferences I've attended, as well as selected posters and talks I've given, please click here to view my CV.