Circumstellar disks and planet formation with ALMA

Meredith Hughes (Wesleyan)
Event Date and Time: 
Mon, 2015-03-16 15:30 - 16:30
Hennings 318

Circumstellar disks provide the raw material and initial conditions for planet formation.  Millimeter-wavelength interferometry is a powerful tool for studying gas and dust in planet-forming regions, and it is undergoing an immense leap in sophistication with the advent of the ALMA interferometer.  I will discuss some ways in which we are using millimeter-wavelength interferometry to study the process of planet formation in circumstellar disks, with particular emphasis on the kinematics of turbulence in protoplanetary disks and the surprising presence of gas in debris disks around main-sequence stars.

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