Journal Article

Core instability models of giant planet accretion and the planetary desert

Y. Miguel and A. Brunini

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 387, issue 1, pages 463-468
Published in print June 2008 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online May 2008 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.13261.x
Core instability models of giant planet accretion and the planetary desert

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With the aim of studying the final mass distribution of extrasolar planets, we have developed a simple model based on the core instability model, which allows us to form a large population of planets and make them evolve in circumstellar discs with various initial conditions. We investigate the consequences that different prescriptions for the solid and gas accretion rates would have on this distribution and found that it is strongly dependent on the adopted model for the gas accretion.

Keywords: planets and satellites: formation; Solar system: formation

Journal Article.  4467 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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