Prof Richard Nelson

Richard Nelson

Professor of Astronomy and Mathematics

School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
Queen Mary University of London

Research

Interests

My research is focussed primarily on the theory of planet formation, with particular emphasis on understanding how planets and planetesimals interact with the protoplanetary discs within which they form, and how this interaction affects the formation and global architecture of planetary systems. Broadly speaking my current research may be divided into two different strands. The first consists of detailed studies of the interaction between planets and planetesimals with protoplanetary discs, using state-of-the-art hydrodynamic and magnetohydrodynamic simulations of protoplanetary discs. The second utilises global N-body simulations combined with prescriptions for disc-planet interactions to model the formation of complete planetary systems. The long-term goal of this research is to develop models capable of reproducing in a statistical sense the observations of extrasolar planets.

Publications

Relevant PublicationPublications of specific relevance to the Centre for Fundamental Physics

2024

Relevant PublicationZiampras A, Nelson RP and Paardekooper S-J (2024). Migration of low-mass planets in inviscid discs: the effect of radiation transport on the dynamical corotation torque. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) vol. 528 (4), 6130-6140.  
10-02-2024
Relevant PublicationTurpin GA and Nelson RP (2024). Orbital evolution of close binary systems: Comparing viscous and wind-driven circumbinary disc models. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) 
17-01-2024
Relevant PublicationColeman GAL, Nelson RP, Triaud AHMJ and Standing MR (2024). Constraining the formation history of the TOI-1338/BEBOP-1 circumbinary planetary system. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society vol. 527 (1), 414-427.  
01-01-2024

2023

Relevant PublicationJoseph J, Ziampras A, Jordan L, Turpin GA and Nelson RP (2023). Measuring the numerical viscosity in simulations of protoplanetary disks in Cartesian grids. Astronomy & Astrophysics, EDP Sciences vol. 678, a134-a134.  
01-10-2023
Relevant PublicationZiampras A, Paardekooper S-J and Nelson RP (2023). Buoyancy response of a disc to an embedded planet: a cross-code comparison at high resolution. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) vol. 525 (4), 5893-5904.  
06-09-2023
Relevant PublicationZiampras A, Nelson RP and Rafikov RR (2023). Modeling planet-induced gaps and rings in ALMA disks: The role of in-plane radiative diffusion. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) 
03-07-2023
Relevant PublicationStanding MR, Sairam L, Martin DV, Triaud AHMJ, Correia ACM, Coleman GAL, Baycroft TA, Kunovac V, Boisse I, Cameron AC, Dransfield G, Faria JP, Gillon M, Hara NC, Hellier C, Howard J, Lane E, Mardling R, Maxted PFL, Miller NJ, et al. (2023). Radial-velocity discovery of a second planet in the TOI-1338/BEBOP-1 circumbinary system. Nature Astronomy, Springer Science and Business Media LLC 
12-06-2023
Relevant PublicationColeman GAL, Nelson RP and Triaud AHMJ (2023). Global N-body simulations of circumbinary planet formation around Kepler-16 and -34 analogues I: Exploring the pebble accretion scenario. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 
20-03-2023
Relevant PublicationPierens A and Nelson RP (2023). Three-dimensional evolution of radiative circumbinary discs: The size and shape of the inner cavity. Astronomy & Astrophysics vol. 670, a112-a112.  
15-02-2023
Relevant PublicationZiampras A, Kley W and Nelson RP (2023). Hydrodynamic turbulence in disks with embedded planets. Astronomy and Astrophysics vol. 670 
01-02-2023
Relevant PublicationNelson RP, Lega E and Morbidelli A (2023). Gas accretion onto Jupiter mass planets in discs with laminar accretion flows. Astronomy and Astrophysics vol. 670 
01-02-2023

2022

bullet iconSudarshan P, Penzlin ABT, Ziampras A, Kley W and Nelson RP (2022). How cooling influences circumbinary discs. Astronomy & Astrophysics vol. 664, a157-a157.  
25-08-2022
bullet iconColeman GAL, Nelson RP and Triaud AHMJ (2022). Dusty circumbinary discs: inner cavity structures and stopping locations of migrating planets. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Royal Astronomical Society 
13-04-2022
bullet iconNelson R (2022). Migration of Jupiter mass planets in discs with laminar accretion flows. Astronomy and Astrophysics: a European journal, EDP Sciences 
27-01-2022
bullet iconNelson R (2022). BEBOP III. Observations and an independent mass measurement of Kepler-16 (AB) b -- the first circumbinary planet detected with radial velocities. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) 
25-01-2022

2021

bullet iconPierens A, Nelson RP and McNally CP (2021). Vertical settling of pebbles in turbulent circumbinary discs and the in situ formation of circumbinary planets. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) 
09-10-2021
bullet iconNelson R (2021). Mass and density of the transiting hot and rocky super-Earth LHS 1478 b (TOI-1640 b). Astronomy and Astrophysics: a European journal, EDP Sciences 
28-05-2021
bullet iconActon JS, Goad MR, Burleigh MR, Casewell SL, Breytenbach H, Nielsen LD, Smith G, Anderson DR, Battley MP, Bayliss D, Bouchy F, Bryant EM, Csizmadia S, Eigmüller P, Gill S, Gillen E, Grieves N, Günther MN, Henderson BA, Hodgkin ST, et al. (2021). NGTS-19b: A high mass transiting brown dwarf in a 17-day eccentric orbit. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 
22-05-2021
bullet iconPoon STS, Nelson RP and Coleman GAL (2021). In situ formation of hot Jupiters with companion super-Earths. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 
21-05-2021
bullet iconLega E, Nelson RP, Morbidelli A, Kley W, Béthune W, Crida A, Kloster D, Méheut H, Rometsch T and Ziampras A (2021). Migration of Jupiter-mass planets in low-viscosity discs. Astronomy & Astrophysics, EDP Sciences vol. 646 
01-02-2021
bullet iconPenzlin ABT, Kley W and Nelson RP (2021). Parking planets in circumbinary discs. Astronomy & Astrophysics vol. 645, a68-a68.  
13-01-2021
bullet iconBulgarini A and Nelson R (2021). Analysis Of Kepler and TESS Exoplanet Transits Using Python. 
01-01-2021

2020

bullet iconPoon STS and Nelson RP (2020). On the origin of the eccentricity dichotomy displayed by compact super-Earths: dynamical heating by cold giants. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) vol. 498 (4), 5166-5182.  
10-09-2020
bullet iconFlock M, Turner NJ, Nelson RP, Lyra W, Manger N and Klahr H (2020). Gas and Dust Dynamics in Starlight-heated Protoplanetary Disks. The Astrophysical Journal, American Astronomical Society vol. 897 (2) 
01-07-2020
bullet iconJeffers SV, Dreizler S, Barnes JR, Haswell CA, Nelson RP, Rodríguez E, López-González MJ, Morales N, Luque R, Zechmeister M, Vogt SS, Jenkins JS, Palle E, Berdi ñas ZM, Coleman GAL, Díaz MR, Ribas I, Jones HRA, Butler RP, Tinney CG, et al. (2020). A multiplanet system of super-Earths orbiting the brightest red dwarf star GJ 887. Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) vol. 368 (6498), 1477-1481.  
25-06-2020
bullet iconNelson R, Pierens A and Mcnally CP (2020). Hydrodynamical turbulence in eccentric circumbinary discs and its impact on the in situ formation of circumbinary planets. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) 
03-06-2020
bullet iconGressel O, Ramsey JP, Brinch C, Nelson RP, Turner NJ and Bruderer S (2020). Global Hydromagnetic Simulations of Protoplanetary Disks with Stellar Irradiation and Simplified Thermochemistry. The Astrophysical Journal, American Astronomical Society vol. 896 (2) 
01-06-2020
bullet iconMcNally CP, Nelson RP, Paardekooper S-J, Benítez-Llambay P and Gressel O (2020). Low-mass planet migration in three-dimensional wind-driven inviscid discs: a negative corotation torque. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) vol. 493 (3), 4382-4399.  
28-02-2020

2019

bullet iconPoon STS, Nelson RP, Jacobson SA and Morbidelli A (2019). Formation of compact systems of super-Earths via dynamical instabilities and giant impacts. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) 
28-11-2019
bullet iconFlock M, Turner NJ, Mulders GD, Hasegawa Y, Nelson RP and Bitsch B (2019). Planet formation and migration near the silicate sublimation front in protoplanetary disks. Astronomy & Astrophysics, EDP Sciences vol. 630, A147-A147.  
10-10-2019
bullet iconMorales JC, Mustill AJ, Ribas I, Davies MB, Reiners A, Bauer FF, Kossakowski D, Herrero E, Rodríguez E, López-González MJ, Rodríguez-López C, Béjar VJS, González-Cuesta L, Luque R, Pallé E, Perger M, Baroch D, Johansen A, Klahr H, Mordasini C, et al. (2019). A giant exoplanet orbiting a very-low-mass star challenges planet formation models. Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) vol. 365 (6460), 1441-1445.  
27-09-2019
bullet iconLambrechts M, Lega E, Nelson RP, Crida A and Morbidelli A (2019). Quasi-static contraction during runaway gas accretion onto giant planets. Astronomy & Astrophysics, EDP Sciences vol. 630 
24-09-2019
bullet iconMcNally CP, Nelson RP and Paardekooper S-J (2019). Multiplanet systems in inviscid discs can avoid forming resonant chains. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, Oxford University Press (OUP) vol. 489 (1), L17-L21.  
25-07-2019
bullet iconMCNALLY CP, NELSON RP, Paardekooper SJ and Benitez-Llambay P (2019). Migrating super-Earths in low viscosity discs: unveiling the roles of feedback, vortices and laminar accretion flows. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) 
05-01-2019

2018

bullet iconRibas I, Tuomi M, Reiners A, Butler RP, Morales JC, Perger M, Dreizler S, Rodríguez-López C, González Hernández JI, Rosich A, Feng F, Trifonov T, Vogt SS, Caballero JA, Hatzes A, Herrero E, Jeffers SV, Lafarga M, Murgas F, Nelson RP, et al. (2018). A candidate super-Earth planet orbiting near the snow line of Barnard’s star. Nature, Springer Nature vol. 563 (7731), 365-368.  
01-11-2018
bullet iconMonnier JD, Ireland M, Kraus S, Alonso-Herrero A, Bonsor A, Baron F, Bayo A, Berger JP, Boyajian T, Chiavassa A, Ciardi D, Creech-Eakman M, De Wit WJ, Defrère D, Dong R, Duchêne G, Espaillat C, Gallenne A, Gandhi P, Gonzalez JF, et al. (2018). Planet formation imager: Project update. Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation
09-07-2018
bullet iconMcNally CP, Nelson RP, Paardekooper SJ, Gressel O and Lyra W (2018). Low mass planet migration in Hall-affected disks. ASTRONUM 2017
01-06-2018
bullet iconMCNALLY CP, NELSON RP and Paardekooper S-J (2018). Low mass planet migration in magnetically torqued dead zones - II. Flow-locked and runaway migration, and a torque prescription. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) 
14-04-2018
bullet iconNELSON RP and PIERENS A (2018). Orbital alignment of circumbinary planets that form in misaligned circumbinary discs: the case of Kepler-413b. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) 
26-03-2018
bullet iconNELSON RP (2018). Planetary Migration in Protoplanetary Disks., Editors: Deeg HJ and Belmonte JA. Handbook of Exoplanets, Springer, 1-32.  
05-03-2018
bullet iconNelson RP (2018). Planetary Migration in Protoplanetary Disks. Handbook of Exoplanets  2287-2317.  
01-01-2018

2017

bullet iconFlock M, NELSON RP, Turner NJ, Bertrang GH-M, Carrasco-Gonzalez C, Henning T, Lyra W and Teague R (2017). Radiation Hydrodynamical Turbulence in Protoplanetary Disks: Numerical Models and Observational Constraints. Astrophysical Journal, American Astronomical Society vol. 850 (2), 131-144.  
27-11-2017
bullet iconMcNally CP, Nelson RP, Paardekooper SJ, Gressel O and Lyra W (2017). Low mass planet migration in magnetically torqued dead zones – I. Static migration torque. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society vol. 472 (2), 1565-1575.  
18-08-2017
bullet iconColeman GAL, Papaloizou JCB and Nelson RP (2017). In situ accretion of gaseous envelopes on to planetary cores embedded in evolving protoplanetary discs. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society vol. 470 (3), 3206-3219.  
26-05-2017
bullet iconMutter MM, Pierens A and Nelson RP (2017). The role of disc self-gravity in circumbinary planet systems – II. Planet evolution. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society vol. 469 (4), 4504-4522.  
09-05-2017
bullet iconColeman GAL, Nelson RP, Paardekooper SJ, Dreizler S, Giesers B and Anglada-Escudé G (2017). Exploring plausible formation scenarios for the planet candidate orbiting Proxima Centauri. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, stx169-stx169.  
20-01-2017

2016

bullet iconBae J, Nelson RP and Hartmann L (2016). THE SPIRAL WAVE INSTABILITY INDUCED BY A GIANT PLANET. I. PARTICLE STIRRING IN THE INNER REGIONS OF PROTOPLANETARY DISKS. The Astrophysical Journal, American Astronomical Society vol. 833 (2) 
13-12-2016
bullet iconMutter MM, Pierens A and Nelson RP (2016). The role of disc self-gravity in circumbinary planet systems – I. Disc structure and evolution. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) vol. 465 (4), 4735-4752.  
28-10-2016
bullet iconNELSON RP, Brinch C, Jorgensen JK, Hogerheijde MR and Gressel O (2016). Misaligned Disks in the Binary Protostar IRS 43. Astrophysical Journal Letters, American Astronomical Society vol. 830 (1), 16-21.  
11-10-2016
bullet iconNELSON RP, Bae J, Hartmann L and Richard S (2016). Self-destructing spiral waves: global simulations of a spiral wave instability in accretion disks. The Astrophysical Journal: an international review of astronomy and astronomical physics, American Astronomical Society vol. 829 (1) 
14-09-2016
bullet iconANGLADA ESCUDE G, Nelson RP, Coleman G and Paardekooper S (2016). A terrestrial planet candidate in a temperate orbit around Proxima Centauri., Editors: Sage L. Nature, Nature Publishing Group 
24-08-2016
bullet iconKraus S, Monnier JD, Ireland MJ, Duchêne G, Espaillat C, Hönig S, Juhasz A, Mordasini C, Olofsson J, Paladini C, Stassun K, Turner N, Vasisht G, Harries TJ, Bate MR, Gonzalez J-F, Matter A, Zhu Z, Panic O, Regaly Z, et al. (2016). Planet formation imager: science vision and key requirements. Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging V
26-07-2016
bullet iconNELSON RP and Coleman GAL (2016). Giant planet formation in radially structured protoplanetary discs. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP): Policy P - Oxford Open Option A 
17-05-2016
bullet iconColeman GAL and Nelson RP (2016). On the formation of compact planetary systems via concurrent core accretion and migration. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP): Policy P - Oxford Open Option A vol. 457 (3), 2480-2500.  
10-02-2016
bullet iconFaure J and Nelson RP (2016). Planet filtering at the inner edges of dead zones in protoplanetary disks. Astronomy & Astrophysics, EDP Sciences vol. 586 
01-02-2016
bullet iconUmurhan OM, Nelson RP and Gressel O (2016). Linear analysis of the vertical shear instability: outstanding issues and improved solutions. Astronomy & Astrophysics, EDP Sciences vol. 586 
22-01-2016
bullet iconRichard S, Nelson RP and Umurhan OM (2016). Vortex formation in protoplanetary discs induced by the vertical shear instability. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) vol. 456 (4), 3571-3584.  
14-01-2016

2015

bullet iconNelson RP, Gressel O and Umurhan OM (2015). Erratum: Linear and non-linear evolution of the vertical shear instability in accretion discs. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) vol. 456 (1), 239-239.  
14-12-2015
bullet iconTinetti G, Drossart P, Eccleston P, Hartogh P, Isaak K, Linder M, Lovis C, Micela G, Ollivier M, Puig L, Ribas I, Snellen I, Swinyard B, Allard F, Barstow J, Cho J, Coustenis A, Cockell C, Correia A, Decin L, et al. (2015). The EChO science case. Experimental Astronomy, Springer Nature vol. 40 (2-3), 329-391.  
29-11-2015
bullet iconGressel O, Turner NJ, Nelson RP and McNally CP (2015). GLOBAL SIMULATIONS OF PROTOPLANETARY DISKS WITH OHMIC RESISTIVITY AND AMBIPOLAR DIFFUSION. The Astrophysical Journal, American Astronomical Society vol. 801 (2) 
05-03-2015

2014

bullet iconBaruteau C, Crida A, PAARDEKOOPER S, Masset F, Guilet J, Bitsch B, Nelson R, Kley W and Papaloizou J (2014). Planet-Disk Interactions and Early Evolution of Planetary Systems. Protostars and Planets VI , Editors: Beuther H, Klessen R, Dullemond C and Henning T. 667-689.  
30-12-2014
bullet iconBae J, Hartmann L, Zhu Z and Nelson RP (2014). ACCRETION OUTBURSTS IN SELF-GRAVITATING PROTOPLANETARY DISKS. The Astrophysical Journal, American Astronomical Society vol. 795 (1) 
14-10-2014
bullet iconColeman GAL and Nelson RP (2014). On the formation of planetary systems via oligarchic growth in thermally evolving viscous discs. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) vol. 445 (1), 479-499.  
29-09-2014
bullet iconRauer H, Catala C, Aerts C, Appourchaux T, Benz W, Brandeker A, Christensen-Dalsgaard J, Deleuil M, Gizon L, Goupil M-J, Güdel M, Janot-Pacheco E, Mas-Hesse M, Pagano I, Piotto G, Pollacco D, Santos Ċ, Smith A, Suárez J-C, Szabó R, et al. (2014). The PLATO 2.0 mission. Experimental Astronomy, Springer Nature vol. 38 (1-2), 249-330.  
04-09-2014
bullet iconTurrini D, Nelson RP and Barbieri M (2014). The role of planetary formation and evolution in shaping the composition of exoplanetary atmospheres. Experimental Astronomy, Springer Nature vol. 40 (2-3), 501-522.  
31-07-2014
bullet iconNelson RP, Hellary P, Fendyke SM and Coleman G (2014). Planetary system formation in thermally evolving viscous protoplanetary discs. Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng Sci vol. 372 (2014) 
28-04-2014
bullet iconFendyke SM and Nelson RP (2014). On the corotation torque for low-mass eccentric planets. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY vol. 437 (1), 96-107.  
01-01-2014

2013

bullet iconNelson RP, Gressel O and Umurhan OM (2013). Linear and non-linear evolution of the vertical shear instability in accretion discs. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, Oxford Journals vol. 435, 2610-2632.  
01-11-2013
bullet iconCampanella G, Nelson RP and Agnor CB (2013). Possible scenarios for eccentricity evolution in the extrasolar planetary system HD 181433. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY vol. 433 (4), 3190-3207.  
01-01-2013
bullet iconPierens A and Nelson RP (2013). Migration and gas accretion scenarios for the Kepler 16, 34, and 35 circumbinary planets. ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS vol. 556 
01-01-2013
bullet iconGressel O, Nelson RP, Turner NJ and Ziegler U (2013). GLOBAL HYDROMAGNETIC SIMULATIONS OF A PLANET EMBEDDED IN A DEAD ZONE: GAP OPENING, GAS ACCRETION, AND FORMATION OF A PROTOPLANETARY JET. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL vol. 779 (1) 
01-01-2013
bullet iconUmurhan OM, Nelson RP and Gressel O (2013). Breathing Life Into Dead-Zones. 
01-01-2013

2012

bullet iconGressel O, Nelson RP and Turner NJ (2012). Dead zones as safe havens for planetesimals: influence of disc mass and external magnetic field. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY vol. 422 (2), 1140-1159.  
01-05-2012
bullet iconKley W and Nelson RP (2012). Planet-Disk Interaction and Orbital Evolution. ANNUAL REVIEW OF ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS, VOL 50 vol. 50, 211-249.  
01-01-2012
bullet iconHellary P and Nelson RP (2012). Global models of planetary system formation in radiatively-inefficient protoplanetary discs. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY vol. 419 (4), 2737-2757.  
01-01-2012
bullet iconZhu Z, Hartmann L, Nelson RP and Gammie CF (2012). CHALLENGES IN FORMING PLANETS BY GRAVITATIONAL INSTABILITY: DISK IRRADIATION AND CLUMP MIGRATION, ACCRETION, AND TIDAL DESTRUCTION. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL vol. 746 (1) 
01-01-2012
bullet iconZhu Z, Nelson RP, Dong R, Espaillat C and Hartmann L (2012). DUST FILTRATION BY PLANET-INDUCED GAP EDGES: IMPLICATIONS FOR TRANSITIONAL DISKS. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL vol. 755 (1) 
01-01-2012
bullet iconTinetti G, Beaulieu JP, Henning T, Meyer M, Micela G, Ribas I, Stam D, Swain M, Krause O, Ollivier M, Pace E, Swinyard B, Aylward A, van Boekel R, Coradini A, Encrenaz T, Snellen I, Zapatero-Osorio MR, Bouwman J, Cho JY-K, et al. (2012). EChO. EXPERIMENTAL ASTRONOMY vol. 34 (2), 311-353.  
01-01-2012

2011

bullet iconBaruteau C, Fromang S, Nelson RP and Masset F (2011). Corotation torques experienced by planets embedded in weakly magnetized turbulent discs. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 533 
01-09-2011
bullet iconGressel O, Nelson RP and Turner NJ (2011). On the dynamics of planetesimals embedded in turbulent protoplanetary discs with dead zones. MON NOT R ASTRON SOC, Wiley Online vol. 415 (4), 3291-3307.  
01-08-2011
bullet iconFragner MM, Nelson RP and Kley W (2011). On the dynamics and collisional growth of planetesimals in misaligned binary systems. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 528 
01-04-2011
bullet iconZhu ZH, Nelson RP, Hartmann L, Espaillat C and Calvet N (2011). TRANSITIONAL AND PRE-TRANSITIONAL DISKS: GAP OPENING BY MULTIPLE PLANETS? ASTROPHYS J vol. 729 (1) 
01-03-2011
bullet iconNelson RP and Paardekooper SJ (2011). Numerical Simulations of Disc-Planet Interactions. ADV SCI LETT vol. 4 (2), 244-257.  
01-02-2011
bullet iconGressel O, Nelson RP and Turner NJ (2011). Planetesimal dynamics in hydromagnetic turbulence. 
01-01-2011
bullet iconTinetti G, Cho JYK, Griffith CA, Grasset O, Grenfell L, Guillot T, Koskinen TT, Moses JI, Pinfield D, Tennyson J, Tessenyi M, Wordsworth R, Aylward A, van Boekel R, Coradini A, Encrenaz T, Snellen I, Zapatero-Osorio MR, Bouwman J, du Foresto VC, et al. (2011). The science of EChO. 
01-01-2011

2010

bullet iconNelson RP and Gressel O (2010). On the dynamics of planetesimals embedded in turbulent protoplanetary discs. MON NOT R ASTRON SOC vol. 409 (2), 639-661.  
01-12-2010
bullet iconPierens A and Nelson RP (2010). On the growth and orbital evolution of giant planets in layered protoplanetary disks. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 520 
01-09-2010
bullet iconMiao JQ, Sugitani K, White GJ and Nelson RP (2010). AN INVESTIGATION OF THE TYPE M MORPHOLOGICAL STRUCTURE OF IC59: A NEW MODEL FOR BRIGHT RIM CLOUDS? ASTROPHYS J vol. 717 (2), 658-665.  
10-07-2010
bullet iconFragner MM and Nelson RP (2010). Evolution of warped and twisted accretion discs in close binary systems. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 511 
01-02-2010
bullet iconMcNeil DS and Nelson RP (2010). On the formation of hot Neptunes and super-Earths. MON NOT R ASTRON SOC vol. 401 (3), 1691-1708.  
21-01-2010
bullet iconKley W and Nelson RP (2010). Early Evolution of Planets in Binaries: Planet–Disk Interaction. Planets in Binary Star Systems  135-164.  
01-01-2010

2009

bullet iconFragner MM and Nelson RP (2009). Giant planet formation in stellar clusters: the effects of stellar fly-bys. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 505 (2), 873-889.  
01-10-2009
bullet iconFogg MJ and Nelson RP (2009). Terrestrial planet formation in low-eccentricity warm-Jupiter systems. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 498 (2), 575-589.  
01-05-2009
bullet iconFromang S and Nelson RP (2009). Global MHD simulations of stratified and turbulent protoplanetary discs II. Dust settling. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 496 (3), 597-608.  
01-03-2009
bullet iconMiao JQ, White GJ, Thompson MA and Nelson RP (2009). AN INVESTIGATION ON THE MORPHOLOGICAL EVOLUTION OF BRIGHT-RIMMED CLOUDS. ASTROPHYS J vol. 692 (1), 382-401.  
10-02-2009
bullet iconMcNeil DS and Nelson RP (2009). New methods for large dynamic range problems in planetary formation. MON NOT R ASTRON SOC vol. 392 (2), 537-552.  
11-01-2009
bullet iconCresswell P and Nelson RP (2009). On the growth and stability of Trojan planets. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 493 (3), 1141-1147.  
01-01-2009

2008

bullet iconKley W and Nelson RP (2008). Planet formation in binary stars: the case of gamma Cephei. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 486 (2), 617-628.  
01-08-2008
bullet iconIlgner M and Nelson RP (2008). Turbulent transport and its effect on the dead zone in protoplanetary discs. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 483 (3), 815-830.  
01-06-2008
bullet iconCresswell P and Nelson RP (2008). Three-dimensional simulations of multiple protoplanets embedded in a protostellar disc. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 482 (2), 677-690.  
01-05-2008
bullet iconPierens A and Nelson RP (2008). On the formation and migration of giant planets in circumbinary discs. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 483 (2), 633-642.  
01-05-2008
bullet iconPierens A and Nelson RP (2008). Constraints on resonant-trapping for two planets embedded in a protoplanetary disc. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 482 (1), 333-340.  
01-04-2008
bullet iconPierens A and Nelson RP (2008). On the evolution of multiple low mass planets embedded in a circumbinary disc. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 478 (3), 939-949.  
01-02-2008
bullet iconMorbidelli A, Crida A, Masset F and Nelson RP (2008). Building giant-planet cores at a planet trap. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 478 (3), 929-937.  
01-02-2008
bullet iconFogg MJ and Nelson RP (2008). Can Terrestrial Planets Form in Hot-Jupiter Systems?, Editors: Fischer D, Rasio FA, Thorsett SE and Wolszczan A. 
01-01-2008

2007

bullet iconCresswell P, Dirksen G, Kley W and Nelson RP (2007). On the evolution of eccentric and inclined protoplanets embedded in protoplanetary disks. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 473 (1), 329-342.  
01-10-2007
bullet iconPierens A and Nelson RP (2007). On the migration of protoplanets embedded in circumbinary disks. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 472 (3), 993-1001.  
01-09-2007
bullet iconFogg MJ and Nelson RP (2007). The effect of type I migration on the formation of terrestrial planets in hot-Jupiter systems. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 472 (3), 1003-1015.  
01-09-2007
bullet iconFogg MJ and Nelson RP (2007). On the formation of terrestrial planets in hot-Jupiter systems. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 461 (3), 1195-1208.  
01-01-2007

2006

bullet iconFromang S and Nelson RP (2006). Global MHD simulations of stratified and turbulent protoplanetary discs I. Model properties. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 457 (1), 343-358.  
01-10-2006
bullet iconIlgner M and Nelson RP (2006). On the ionisation fraction in protoplanetary disks - III. The effect of X-ray flares on gas-phase chemistry. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 455 (2), 731-740.  
01-08-2006
bullet iconde Val-Borro M, Edgar RG, Artymowicz P, Ciecielag P, Cresswell P, D'Angelo G, Delgado-Donate EJ, Dirksen G, Fromang S, Gawryszczak A, Klahr H, Kley W, Lyra W, Masset F, Mellema G, Nelson RP, Paardekooper SJ, Peplinski A, Pierens A, Plewa T, et al. (2006). A comparative study of disc-planet interaction. MON NOT R ASTRON SOC vol. 370 (2), 529-558.  
01-08-2006
bullet iconMiao J, White GJ, Nelson R, Thompson M and Morgan L (2006). Triggered star formation in bright-rimmed clouds: the Eagle nebula revisited. MON NOT R ASTRON SOC vol. 369 (1), 143-155.  
11-06-2006
bullet iconCresswell P and Nelson RP (2006). On the evolution of multiple protoplanets embedded in a protostellar disc. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 450 (2), 833-853.  
01-05-2006
bullet iconFogg MJ and Nelson RP (2006). On the possibility of terrestrial planet formation in hot-Jupiter systems. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ASTROBIOLOGY vol. 5 (3), 199-209.  
01-01-2006
bullet iconNELSON RP, Artymowicz P, Kley W, Papazloizou JCB and Masset F (2006). Disk-planet interactions during planet formation. Protostars and Planets V, Hawaii
01-01-2006
bullet iconIlgner M and Nelson RP (2006). On the ionisation fraction in protoplanetary disks - I. Comparing different reaction networks. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 445 (1), 205-U84.  
01-01-2006
bullet iconNELSON RP and Fogg MJ (2006). On the formation of terrestrial planets in hot-Jupiter systems. Astron. & Astrophys. 
01-01-2006
bullet iconIlgner M and Nelson RP (2006). On the ionisation fraction in protoplanetary disks - II. The effect of turbulent mixing on gas-phase chemistry. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 445 (1), 223-232.  
01-01-2006

2005

bullet iconNelson RP (2005). On the orbital evolution of low mass protoplanets in turbulent, magnetised disks. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 443 (3), 1067-1085.  
01-12-2005
bullet iconFromang S and Nelson RP (2005). On the accumulation of solid bodies in global turbulent protoplanetary disc models. MON NOT R ASTRON SOC vol. 364 (1), L81-L85.  
21-11-2005
bullet iconFromang S, Terquem C and Nelson RP (2005). Numerical simulations of type I planetary migration in non-turbulent magnetized discs. MON NOT R ASTRON SOC vol. 363 (3), 943-953.  
01-11-2005
bullet iconFogg MJ and Nelson RP (2005). Oligarchic and giant impact growth of terrestrial planets in the presence of gas giant planet migration. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 441 (2), 791-806.  
01-10-2005
bullet iconPapaloizou JCB and Nelson RP (2005). Models of accreting gas giant protoplanets in protostellar disks. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 433 (1), 247-265.  
01-04-2005
bullet iconPapaloizou JCB and Nelson RP (2005). Discs with MHD turbulence and their response to orbiting planets., Editors: Soward AM, Jones CA, Hughes DW and Weiss NO. 
01-01-2005

2004

bullet iconNelson RP and Papaloizou JCB (2004). The interaction of giant planets with a disc with MHD turbulence - IV. Migration rates of embedded protoplanets. MON NOT R ASTRON SOC vol. 350 (3), 849-864.  
21-05-2004
bullet iconPapaloizou JCB, Nelson RP and Snellgrove MD (2004). The interaction of giant planets with a disc with MHD turbulence - III. Flow morphology and conditions for gap formation in local and global simulations. MON NOT R ASTRON SOC vol. 350 (3), 829-848.  
21-05-2004
bullet iconNELSON RP (2004). On the formation and Evolution of Giant Planets in Close Binary Systems. Planetary Systems and Planets in Systems
01-01-2004
bullet iconNelson RP, Papaloizou JCB and Masset F (2004). Orbital eccentricity growth through disc-companion tidal interactions., Editors: Penny A, Artymowicz P, Lagrance AM and Russell S. 
01-01-2004
bullet iconNelson RP and Papaloizou JCB (2004). Orbital migration and disc-planet interactions., Editors: Beaulieu JP, Des Etangs AL and Terquem C. 
01-01-2004
bullet iconPapaloizou JCB, Nelson RP and Terquem C (2004). On the eccentricities of the extrasolar planets., Editors: Beaulieu JP, Des Etangs AL and Terquem C. 
01-01-2004

2003

bullet iconNelson RP (2003). On the evolution of giant protoplanets forming in circumbinary discs. MON NOT R ASTRON SOC vol. 345 (1), 233-242.  
11-10-2003
bullet iconNelson RP and Papaloizou JCB (2003). The interaction of a giant planet with a disc with MHD turbulence - II. The interaction of the planet with the disc. MON NOT R ASTRON SOC vol. 339 (4), 993-1005.  
11-03-2003
bullet iconPapaloizou JCB and Nelson RP (2003). The interaction of a giant planet with a disc with MHD turbulence - I. The initial turbulent disc models. MON NOT R ASTRON SOC vol. 339 (4), 983-992.  
11-03-2003
bullet iconNelson RP and Papaloizou JCB (2003). Disc-planet, planet-planet, and star-planet interactions during planet formation., Editors: Lacoste H. 
01-01-2003

2002

bullet iconNelson RP and Papaloizou JCB (2002). Possible commensurabilities among pairs of extrasolar planets. MON NOT R ASTRON SOC vol. 333 (2), L26-L30.  
01-06-2002
bullet iconWhite GJ, Nelson RP, White MH, Fridlund CVM, Liseau R, Miao J and Thompson MA (2002). An Overview of Induced Star Formation Near the Surfaces of Molecular Clouds. The Origins of Stars and Planets: The VLT View  231-237.  
01-01-2002

2001

bullet iconSnellgrove MD, Papaloizou JCB and Nelson RP (2001). On disc driven inward migration of resonantly coupled planets with application to the system around GJ876. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 374 (3), 1092-1099.  
01-08-2001
bullet iconAugereau JC, Nelson RP, Lagrange AM, Papaloizou JCB and Mouillet D (2001). Dynamical modeling of large scale asymmetries in the beta Pictoris dust disk. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 370 (2), 447-455.  
01-05-2001
bullet iconNelson RP (2001). Extrasolar planets: A review of current observations and theory., Editors: Williams IP and Thomas N. 35-53.  
01-01-2001
bullet iconPapaloizou JCB, Nelson RP and Masset F (2001). Orbital eccentricity growth through disc-companion tidal interaction. ASTRON ASTROPHYS vol. 366 (1), 263-275.  
01-01-2001

2000

bullet iconNelson RP, Papaloizou JCB, Masset F and Kley W (2000). The migration and growth of protoplanets in protostellar discs. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) vol. 318 (1), 18-36.  
11-10-2000
bullet iconNelson RP and Papaloizou JCB (2000). Hydrodynamic simulations of the Bardeen–Petterson effect. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) vol. 315 (3), 570-586.  
01-07-2000
bullet iconTerquem C, Papaloizou JCB and Nelson RP (2000). Disks, Extrasolar Planets and Migration. Space Science Reviews, Springer Nature vol. 92 (1-2), 323-340.  
01-04-2000
bullet iconNelson RP, Papaloizou JCB, Masset FS and Kley W (2000). The evolution of giant protoplanets in protostellar disks., Editors: Garzon F, Eiroa C, DeWinter D and Mahoney TJ. 
01-01-2000
bullet iconTerquem C, Papaloizou JCB and Nelson RP (2000). Disks, Extrasolar Planets and Migration. From Dust to Terrestrial Planets  323-340.  
01-01-2000

1999

bullet iconWhite GJ, Nelson RP, Holland WS, Robson EI, Greaves JS, McCaughrean MJ, Pilbratt GL, Balser DS, Oka T, Sakamoto S, Hasegawa T, McCutcheon WH, Matthews HE, Fridlund CVM, Tothill NFH, Huldtgren M and Deane JR (1999). The Eagle Nebula's fingers - Pointers to the earliest stages of star formation? Astronomy and Astrophysics vol. 342 (1), 233-256.  
01-12-1999
bullet iconNelson RP and Papaloizou JCB (1999). Hydrodynamic simulations of propagating warps and bending waves in accretion discs. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) vol. 309 (4), 929-940.  
11-11-1999
bullet iconNelson RP and Langer WD (1999). On the Stability and Evolution of Isolated Bok Globules. The Astrophysical Journal, American Astronomical Society vol. 524 (2), 923-946.  
20-10-1999
bullet iconBryden G, Chen X, Lin DNC, Nelson RP and Papaloizou JCB (1999). Tidally Induced Gap Formation in Protostellar Disks: Gap Clearing and Suppression of Protoplanetary Growth. The Astrophysical Journal, American Astronomical Society vol. 514 (1), 344-367.  
20-03-1999
bullet iconTerquem C, Eislöffel J, Papaloizou JCB and Nelson RP (1999). Precession of Collimated Outflows from Young Stellar Objects. The Astrophysical Journal, American Astronomical Society vol. 512 (2), l131-l134.  
14-01-1999
bullet iconPapaloizou JCB, Terquem C and Nelson RP (1999). Protostellar Discs and Planet Formation. Planets Outside the Solar System: Theory and Observations  65-86.  
01-01-1999

1998

bullet iconNelson RP (1998). Collapse and fragmentation of rotating, prolate clouds. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) vol. 298 (3), 657-676.  
11-08-1998
bullet iconTerquem C, Papaloizou JCB, Nelson RP and Lin DNC (1998). On the Tidal Interaction of a Solar-Type Star with an Orbiting Companion: Excitation of g-Mode Oscillation and Orbital Evolution. The Astrophysical Journal, American Astronomical Society vol. 502 (2), 788-801.  
01-08-1998

1997

bullet iconNelson RP and Langer WD (1997). The Dynamics of Low-Mass Molecular Clouds in External Radiation Fields. The Astrophysical Journal, American Astronomical Society vol. 482 (2), 796-826.  
20-06-1997

1996

bullet iconLarwood JD, Nelson RP, Papaloizou JCB and Terquem C (1996). The tidally induced warping, precession and truncation of accretion discs in binary systems: three-dimensional simulations. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) vol. 282 (2), 597-613.  
11-09-1996

1994

bullet iconNelson RP and Papaloizou JCB (1994). Variable smoothing lengths and energy conservation in smoothed particle hydrodynamics. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) vol. 270 (1), 1-20.  
01-09-1994

1993

bullet iconNelson RP and Papaloizou JCB (1993). Three-dimensional hydrodynamic simulations of collapsing prolate clouds. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP) vol. 265 (4), 905-920.  
15-12-1993

Grants

solid heart iconGrants of specific relevance to the Centre for Fundamental Physics
solid heart iconAstronomy Research at Queen Mary 2023 - 2026
Christopher Clarkson, Richard Nelson, Timothy Clifton, William Sutherland, Edward Gillen, Karim Malik, Thomas James Haworth, Sijme-Jan Paardekooper, Theresa Baker, David Mulryne, Philip Bull, Juan Antonio Valiente Kroon, Charalampos Markakis, Mohammad Mahdi Godazgar, Katherine Clough, Pau Figueras and Chung Tse Shao
£1,625,769 Science & Technology Research Council (STFC) (01-04-2023 - 30-09-2026)


solid heart iconAstronomy Research at Queen Mary 2020 - 2023
Karim Malik, Philip Bull, Christopher Clarkson, Timothy Clifton, Richard Nelson, Sijme-Jan Paardekooper and Juan Antonio Valiente Kroon
£1,868,745 Science & Technology Research Council (STFC) (01-04-2020 - 31-03-2024)
solid heart iconEmpirical evidence and theoretical investigations on circumbinary planets.
Richard Nelson
£195,629 Leverhulme Trust (01-10-2019 - 30-09-2023)