Modelling the chemistry of a gravitationally unstable protoplanetary disc

J. D. Ilee, A. C. Boley, P. Caselli, R. H. Durisen, T. W. Hartquist, J. M. C. Rawlings

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Until now, axisymmetric, α-disc simulations have been adopted to describe the dynamics used in the construction of chemical models of protoplanetary discs. While this approach is reasonable for many discs, it is not appropriate for young, massive discs in which self-gravity is important. Spiral waves and shocks cause significant temperature and density variations which affect the chemistry. We have used a dynamical model of solar mass star surrounded by a massive (0.39 M⊙), self-gravitating disc to model the chemistry of one of these objects.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011
EventIAU Symposium No. 280 - Toledo, Spain
Duration: 30 May 20113 Jun 2011


ConferenceIAU Symposium No. 280


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