Astrophysics of Planet Formation by Philip J. Armitage

By Philip J. Armitage

The research of planet formation has been revolutionized by way of contemporary observational breakthroughs, that have allowed the detection and characterization of extrasolar planets, the imaging of protoplanetary disks, and the invention of the sunlight System's Kuiper Belt. Written for starting graduate scholars, this textbook offers a easy realizing of the astrophysical procedures that form the formation of planetary structures. It starts off via describing the constitution and evolution of protoplanetary disks, strikes directly to the formation of planetesimals, terrestrial and fuel gigantic planets, and concludes through surveying new theoretical rules for the early evolution of planetary structures. overlaying all levels of planet formation - from protoplanetary disks to the dynamical evolution of planetary platforms - this creation might be understood via readers with backgrounds in planetary technological know-how, observational and theoretical astronomy. It highlights the actual ideas underlying planet formation and the parts the place extra study and new observations are wanted.

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37) The interior of an irradiated protoplanetary disk can reasonably be assumed to be isothermal, so this equation specifies the central sound speed and hence the vertical scale-height h via Eq. 10). If we additionally specify a relation between h and hp – for example by assuming that hp ∝ h which may be plausible if the disk is very optically thick – then Eq. 4R∗ /r + rd(hp /r)/dr. 4 Radial temperature profile of passive disks Absorption depth for stellar photons Stellar radiation Surface layer Thermal photosphere Disk interior Mid-plane Fig.

142 × 109 cm as a proxy for all giant planet transits. The 8 The European Space Agency’s GAIA mission, for example, should attain an astrometric precision of 10 µarcsec for almost all stars with a visual magnitude mV ≤ 15. 01. 4 × 10−5 Mp M⊕ 2/3 . 33) The photometric precision of ground-based observations is limited by atmospheric fluctuations. Ground-based photometry accurate to one part in 103 is possible, and this is sufficient to detect massive extrasolar planets via their transit signatures.

In all cases the longitude of pericenter ̟ = π/4. 5, how the stellar radial velocity varies with the longitude of pericenter. Eq. 19) in the same limit in which Mp ≪ M∗ is 1 K=√ 1 − e2 Mp M∗ GM∗ sin i. 25) For a planet of given mass and semi-major axis, the amplitude of the radial velocity signature therefore increases with increasing e, due to the rapid motion of the planet (and star) close to pericenter passages. 6 illustrates the form of the radial velocity curves as a function of the eccentricity of the orbit and longitude of pericenter.

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