Physical Processes in Circumstellar Disks around Young Stars

Physical Processes in Circumstellar Disks around Young Stars

by Paulo J. V. Garcia
     
 

Circumstellar disks are vast expanses of dust that form around new stars in the earliest stages of their birth. Predicted by astronomers as early as the eighteenth century, they weren’t observed until the late twentieth century, when interstellar imaging technology enabled us to see nascent stars hundreds of light years away. Since then, circumstellar disks

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Overview

Circumstellar disks are vast expanses of dust that form around new stars in the earliest stages of their birth. Predicted by astronomers as early as the eighteenth century, they weren’t observed until the late twentieth century, when interstellar imaging technology enabled us to see nascent stars hundreds of light years away. Since then, circumstellar disks have become an area of intense study among astrophysicists, largely because they are thought to be the forerunners of planetary systems like our own—the possible birthplaces of planets.

            
This volume brings together a team of leading experts to distill the most up-to-date knowledge of circumstellar disks into a clear introductory volume. Understanding circumstellar disks requires a broad range of scientific knowledge, including chemical processes, the properties of dust and gases, hydrodynamics and magnetohydrodynamics, radiation transfer, and stellar evolution—all of which are covered in this comprehensive work, which will be indispensable for graduate students, seasoned researchers, or even advanced undergrads setting out on the study of planetary evolution.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226282282
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/15/2011
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

1 Circumstellar Disks around Young Stars
Paulo J. V. Garcia, Antonella Natta, and Malcolm Walmsley

2 Protoplanetary Disk Structure and Evolution
Nuria Calvet and Paola D’Alessio

3 The Chemical Evolution of Protoplanetary Disks
Edwin A. Bergin

4 Dust Processing and Mineralogy in Protoplanetary Accretion Disks
Thomas Henning and Gwendolyn Meeus

5 Disk Hydrodynamics
Richard H. Durisen

6 Magnetohydrodynamics of Protostellar Disks
Steven A. Balbus

7 The Effects of Large-Scale Magnetic Fields on Disk Formation and Evolution
Arieh Königl and Raquel Salmeron

8 The Dispersal of Disks around Young Stars
Cathie Clarke

Acknowledgments
List of Contributors

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