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Birth Locations of the Kepler Circumbinary Planets

By SpaceRef Editor
April 3, 2015
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Kedron Silsbee, Roman R. Rafikov

(Submitted on 2 Apr 2015)

The Kepler mission has discovered about a dozen circumbinary planetary systems, all containing planets on ~ 1 AU orbits. We place bounds on the locations in the circumbinary protoplanetary disk, where these planets could have formed through collisional agglomeration starting from small (km-sized or less) planetesimals. We first present a model of secular planetesimal dynamics that accounts for the (1) perturbation due to the eccentric precessing binary, as well as the (2) gravity and (3) gas drag from a precessing eccentric disk. Their simultaneous action leads to rich dynamics, with (multiple) secular resonances emerging in the disk.

We derive analytic results for size-dependent planetesimal eccentricity, and demonstrate the key role of the disk gravity for circumbinary dynamics. We then combine these results with a simple model for collisional outcomes and find that in systems like Kepler 16, planetesimal growth starting with 10-100 m planetesimals is possible outside a few AU. The exact location exterior to which this happens is sensitive to disk eccentricity, density and precession rate, as well as to the size of the first generation of planetesimals. Strong perturbations from the binary in the inner part of the disk, combined with a secular resonance at a few AU inhibit the growth of km-sized planetesimals within 2 – 4 AU of the binary. In situ planetesimal growth in the Kepler circumbinary systems is possible only starting from large (few-km-sized) bodies in a low-mass disk with surface density less than 500 g/cm^2 at 1 AU.

Comments:Submitted to ApJ

Subjects:Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)

Cite as:arXiv:1504.00460 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1504.00460v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)

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From: Kedron Silsbee [view email] 

[v1] Thu, 2 Apr 2015 07:30:34 GMT (10742kb,D)


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