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The role of protoplanetary disks in rocky planet formation

Nienke van der Marel (Leiden Observatory)

The role of protoplanetary disks in rocky planet formation
The role of protoplanetary disks in rocky planet formation

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12 Jan 2023, 14:00 – 15:00 CET

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Protoplanetary disks around young stars of less than 10 million years old are the birth cradles of planets. Observations with ALMA have provided us with a wealth of data on the gas and dust distribution in protoplanetary disks and the early signs of planet formation. Whereas gaps in disks provide evidence for the rapid formation of gas giants, rocky planet formation remains more challenging to observe directly at this stage. On the other hand, several new insights have been obtained in the context of dust evolution in disks, such as coagulation, fragmentation and transport of dust pebbles in the first few million years of the lifetime of the disk. In this talk I will present an overview of our current knowledge of protoplanetary disks and their potential of forming rocky planets.

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