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Sizes Matter: The Dust Size Distribution during Planet Formation

Project description

Improved models to reveal how dust particles grew into planets

The very first seeds of planets are made of micrometre-sized dust particles, which bump into one another as they orbit a star and form clumps. However, it is still unknown how these dust grains grow into the building blocks of planets. The EU-funded DUSTSPEC project will conduct hydrodynamical simulations to model dust evolution. Researchers will reconstruct the full-size distribution from sparse observations, thereby avoiding the need for expensive multi-wavelength observations. They will also compare dust and gas distributions through observation of protoplanetary discs and the composition of solar system bodies.


Net EU contribution
€ 2 314 680,00
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft

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West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Delft en Westland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00