The innermost astronomical unit of protoplanetary disks [SSA]

Circumstellar disks around young stars are the birthsites of planets. It is thus fundamental to study the disks in which they form, their structure and the physical conditions therein. The first astronomical unit is of great interest because this is where the terrestrial-planets form and the angular momentum is controled via massloss through winds/jets. With its milli-arcsecond resolution, optical interferometry is the only technic able to spatially resolve the first few astronomical units of the disk. In this review, we will present a broad overview of studies of young stellar objects with interferometry, and discuss prospects for the future.

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J. Kluska, R. Lopez and M. Benisty
Thu, 13 Oct 16

Comments: SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland, 8 pages, 2 figures