Thursday, January 28, 2010
Protoplanetary Disks: Insights into Planet Formation
Dept. of Astronomy and Steward Observatory, University of Arizona
Planetary systems form out of disks of dust and gas that are an integral part of the star formation process. I will discuss several observational probes of planet formation processes in the innermost regions of protoplanetary disks. These include: infrared interferometric observations that spatially resolve dust and gas within 1 AU of young stars; spectroscopic observations that spectrally resolve material in tight orbits around the central stars; and time-monitoring observations sensitive to variability in these sub-AU-sized regions.
Refreshments at 11:00 AM. Seminar begins at 11:10 AM.
Building 8, Room 241
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