Friday, October 17, 2014

Terrestrial Planet Formation in Low-mass Disks is Highly Contingent on Initial Conditions

Terrestrial planet formation in low-mass disks: dependence with initial conditions


Ronco et al


In general, most of the studies of terrestrial-type planet formation typically use ad hoc initial conditions. In this work we improved the initial conditions described in Ronco & de El\'ia (2014) starting with a semi-analytical model wich simulates the evolution of the protoplanetary disk during the gas phase. The results of the semi-analytical model are then used as initial conditions for the N-body simulations. We show that the planetary systems considered are not sensitive to the particular initial distribution of embryos and planetesimals and thus, the results are globally similar to those found in the previous work.

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