Monday, July 8, 2013

1307.1687 (Jean-François Gonzalez et al.)

Planet gaps in the dust layer of 3D proto-planetary disks: Observability with ALMA    [PDF]

Jean-François Gonzalez, Christophe Pinte, Sarah T. Maddison, François Ménard
Among the numerous known extrasolar planets, only a handful have been imaged directly so far, at large orbital radii and in rather evolved systems. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) will have the capacity to observe these wide planetary systems at a younger age, thus bringing a better understanding of the planet formation process. Here we explore the ability of ALMA to detect the gaps carved by planets on wide orbits.
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