Planetesimal dynamics in self-gravitating protoplanetary discs

G. Lodato, W. K. M. Rice, J. E. Pringle, P. J. Armitage, I. A. Bonnell

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Abstract / Description of output

The interaction between a gaseous protostellar disc and the embedded planetesimals through a drag force generally causes the latter to migrate inwards, the migration rate being very rapid (of the order of 103 yrs) for metre-size objects. Here we show how, in the presence of a spiral structure caused by the disc self-gravity, the drag force has the effect of concentrating significantly the planetesimals around the peaks of the gas density. Metre-size particles, in this configuration, can enhance their concentration by more than two orders of magnitude, therefore significantly accelerating their growth and the formation of the cores of giant planets.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMemorie della Società Astronomica Italiana
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • accretion discs
  • stars: pre-main-sequence
  • planetary systems: formation planetary systems: protoplanetary discs


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