Simulated observations of young gravitationally unstable protoplanetary discs

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

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The formation and earliest stages of protoplanetary discs remain poorly constrained by observations. Atacama Large Millimetre/sub-millimetre Array (ALMA) will soon revolutionise this field. Therefore, it is important to provide predictions which will be valuable for the interpretation of future high sensitivity and high angular resolution observations. Here, we present simulated ALMA observations based on radiative transfer modelling of a relatively massive (0.39 M⊙) self-gravitating disc embedded in a 10 M⊙ dense core, with structure similar to the pre-stellar core L1544. We focus on simple species and conclude that C17O 3→2, HCO+ 3→2, OCS 26→25 and H2CO 404→303 lines can be used to probe the disc structure and kinematics at all scales.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2064-2074
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
Early online date13 Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2013


  • Protoplanetary discs
  • circumstellar matter
  • stars: formation
  • submillimetre: planetary systems


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