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Protoplanetary Disk Masses and Planet Formation

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 12:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • CASA Conference Room C324

Speaker Name(s): 

Josh Eisner

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

University of Arizona
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Astrophysics Lunch Seminar

Event Details & Abstract: 

Planets form in disks, and the masses of disks are directly related to the masses of planets that can be assembled. Our solar system, a prominent example, may have been built from a tenth of a solar mass of circumstellar disk matter. I will discuss observational constraints on the masses of protoplanetary disks, and how these compare with theoretical requirements for planet formation. I will also explicate various uncertainties associated with current measurements, and describe work that aims to ameliorate these uncertainties.