Probing the composition of gas and ice that makes new planets
Planets form, migrate and acquire their elemental composition in disks of gas and dust orbiting nascent stars. The next years will offer huge observational improvements at infrared wavelengths to study the inner disk, out to radii equivalent to Saturn's orbit in our solar system, a key region for planet formation. Most notably, the just-launched James Webb Space Telescope offers unique diagnostics of the gas and ice. The EU-funded project MOLDISK will analyse emerging data to enhance understanding of the linked chemistry and physics of young and mature disks. The aim is to identify key processes, including the role of dust traps and snowlines, that control the composition of the material that ultimately makes up planets.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-ADG - Advanced Grant
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