The growing field of post-main-sequence exoplanetary science
Dimitri Veras



The quest for identifying the bulk chemical composition of extrasolar planets and robust observational evidence that between 25%-50% of all Milky Way white dwarfs host currently dynamically-active planetary systems motivate investigations that link their formation and fate. Here I provide a review of our current knowledge of these systems. I show how this field incorporates several facets of astrophysics and planetary science, including orbital dynamics, stellar evolution, astrochemistry, atmospheric science and surface processes. I outline the fundamental outstanding questions which remain about the origin and evolution of these fascinating systems.