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Planetesimals

How do you form the building blocks of planets? 

 

Forming Planetesimals by Gravitational Instability

Relevant Papers:

FORMING PLANETESIMALS BY GRAVITATIONAL INSTABILITY. I. THE ROLE OF THE RICHARDSON NUMBER IN TRIGGERING THE KELVIN–HELMHOLTZ INSTABILITY [ADS]

FORMING PLANETESIMALS BY GRAVITATIONAL INSTABILITY. II. HOW DUST SETTLES TO ITS MARGINALLY STABLE STATE [ADS]

Aaron T. Lee, Eugene Chiang, Xylar Asay-Davis, and Joseph Barranco

 
 

Motivation

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The Richardson Number

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Dust Settling 

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