Ken Rice

Photo of Professor W K M Rice
Professor W K M Rice

Professor W K M Rice

Personal Chair of Computational Astrophysics
Academic staff
Royal Observatory, Edinburgh (ROE)
Room R8

Ken is a member of the following School research institute:

Research interests

My research interests are in theoretical and computational astrophysics . One focus is the evolution of accretion discs and how this relates to the formation of stars and planets. I am particularly interested in accretion discs that are massive enough for their own self-gravity to play a role in their evolution. I also have an interest in the formation and evolution of planets and planetary systems.  In particular, I am interested in how planets can migrate very close to their parent stars and what happens to such planets when they do end up in these very close orbits.

Research in a nutshell video thumbnail

Stars and planets

In this video Ken describes how he uses computer simulations to model the formation of stars and how this influences the subsequent formation of planets.

Recent publications

  1. , , , , , , , , , et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
  2. , , , , , , , , , , et al., Astronomy and Astrophysics, 651, p. 1-22
  3. ,, 2021/06
  4. , and , Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 504, 2, p. 2877-2888
  5. , , , , , , , , , et al., Astronomical Journal, 161, 6, p. 1-9