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RadioImageofHD163296Observing Turbulence

I am utilizing both numerical simulations and radio observations to directly link theoretical predictions for the turbulent velocity structure of protoplanetary disks to observations with ALMA. By measuring the turbulent broadening component of molecular lines at different disk heights and radii, a 3D map of disk turbulence can be constructed. A direct comparison between observations and simulations will strongly constrain our understanding of how turbulence operates in these disks.

(Image by Hughes et al. 2011)

Current Projects

Observing disk turbulence with ALMA

ALMA observations of disk structure

Planetesimal formation

Planet formation

Magnetohydrodynamic turbulence in protoplanetary disks

Athena code development

Past Projects

Mesoscale structures in MRI-driven turbulence

Outbursts in disks around young stars

 

 

 

 

 

JILA, University of Colorado
440 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

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303-546-0032

jbsimon.astro@gmail.com

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