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Planetary Cookie Doughs at High Angular Resolution

28 Dec 2018, 01:04 UTC
Planetary Cookie Doughs at High Angular Resolution
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Title: The Disk Substructures at High Angular Resolution Project(DSHARP): I. Motivation, Sample, Calibration, and OverviewAuthors: Sean M. Andrews, Jane Huang, Laura M. Pérez, Andrea Isella, Cornelis P. Dullemond, Nicolás T. Kurtovic, Viviana V. Guzmán, John M. Carpenter, David J. Wilner, Shangjia Zhang, Zhaohuan Zhu, Tilman Birnstiel, Xue-Ning Bai, Myriam Benisty, A. Meredith Hughes, Karin I. Öberg, Luca RicciFirst Author’s Institution: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Status: Accepted by The Astrophysical Journal, open accessIf you had a cookie for each of the 3,877 planets confirmed to date,would you be able to figure out the recipe behind them all? I understand if this holiday season’s sugar rush is already preventing you from thinking about cookies (let alone their recipes) anymore, but figuring out cookie recipes from just a bunch of cookies is pretty much the nature of questions that planet formation studies usually deal with. The main goal of planet formation models is to understand how protoplanetary disks evolve and result in the huge diversity in the demographics of observed planet population (in terms of the planetary mass distributions, orbital architectures, and atmospheric compositions). Theoretical studies in this direction have been attempting to form a coherent picture of how over the course of ...

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