Modelling planet nurseries could help us understand the origin of our solar system
Shortly after their birth, almost all low-mass stars are surrounded by flattened, rotating disks of cool gas and dust. These protoplanetary disks can persist for several million years, during which some material accretes onto the star, some is lost through outflows and some condenses into the tiny beginnings of future planets. Understanding these processes in protoplanetary disks is fundamental to our understanding of the origin of planetary systems, and magnetism likely plays a significant role. The EU-funded InAndOut project is developing a computational model of infall, accretion and outflows during the early phases of star and disk formation that incorporates small-scale effects while accounting for the magnetic field structure of the protostellar environment. Model outputs could help us understand the origin of our own solar system and the continuous evolution of our universe.
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