Tracing Planets in Circumstellar Disks

Sebastian Wolf
2005 Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union  
We present simulations which demonstrate to which extent mid-infrared images and millimeter maps can be used to trace the location of giant planets in circumstellar disks. The most promising approach is to look for characteristic signatures in circumstellar disks caused by the interaction of giant planets with the disk. Numerical simulations show that these signatures are usually in size much larger than the planet itself and thus much easier to detect. The particular result of the
more » ... of the planet-disk-interaction depends on the evolutionary stage of the disk. Primary signatures of planets embedded in disks are gaps in the case of young disks and characteristic asymmetric density patterns in debris disks. Radiative transfer simulations predict that high spatial resolution observations performed with instruments/telescopes that will become available in the near future will allow to trace the formation and evolution of planets in protoplanetary and debris disks.
doi:10.1017/s1743921306009215 fatcat:zb3ebzcpqbbhlooxgqfglm67fu