STARPLAN Research

Our goal is to provide observational and theoretical constraints that will help unravel the early history of our solar system in the context of its astrophysical setting, from collapse of the molecular cloud through condensation and evolution of primitive solids and, ultimately, formation of asteroids and terrestrial planets.

We hope to understand the circumstances that allowed for the formation of the terrestrial planets in our solar system, including the preservation of water worlds like Earth, where life has been thriving for nearly 4 billion years.

Our objectives are achieved by integrating high-precision isotope studies of extraterrestrial materials with stellar evolution theory, astrophysical models and astronomical observations. This innovative and multidisciplinary approach places our center in a unique position amongst research groups in the field of planetary sciences.