Status Report

Witnessing Planetary Systems in the Making with the Next Generation Very Large Array

By SpaceRef Editor
March 15, 2018
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Luca Ricci, Andrea Isella, Sean M. Andrews, Tilman Birnstiel, Jeffrey N. Cuzzi, Ruobing Dong, Anne Dutrey, Barbara Ercolano, Paul R. Estrada, Mario Flock, Hui Li, Shang-Fei Liu, Wladimir Lyra, Karin Oberg, Satoshi Okuzumi, Laura Perez, Neal Turner, Nienke van der Marel, David Wilner, Andrew N. Youdin, Zhaohuan Zhu
(Submitted on 12 Mar 2018)

The discovery of thousands of exoplanets over the last couple of decades has shown that the birth of planets is a very efficient process in nature. Theories invoke a multitude of mechanisms to describe the assembly of planets in the disks around pre-main-sequence stars, but observational constraints have been sparse on account of insufficient sensitivity and resolution. Understanding how planets form and interact with their parental disk is crucial also to illuminate the main characteristics of a large portion of the full population of planets that is inaccessible to current and near-future observations. This White Paper describes some of the main issues for our current understanding of the formation and evolution of planets, and the critical contribution expected in this field by the Next Generation Very Large Array.

Comments:    6 pages, 3 figures, White Paper submitted to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Exoplanet Science Strategy Call for Papers
Subjects:    Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as:    arXiv:1803.04467 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1803.04467v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Luca Ricci
[v1] Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:06:31 GMT (1322kb,D)

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