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Title: Two-component secular gravitational instability in a protoplanetary disk: A possible mechanism for creating ring-like structures

The instability in protoplanetary disks due to gas-dust friction and self-gravity of gas and dust is investigated using linear analysis. In the case where the dust-to-gas ratio is enhanced and turbulence is weak, the instability grows, even in gravitationally stable disks, on a timescale of order 10{sup 4-5} yr at a radius of order 100 AU. If we ignore the dynamical feedback from dust grains in the gas equation of motion, the instability reduces to the so-called ''secular gravitational instability'', which was investigated previously to be an instability of dust in a fixed background gas flow. In this work, we solve the equations of motion for both gas and dust consistently and find that long-wavelength perturbations are stable, in contrast to the secular gravitational instability in the simplified treatment. This may indicate that we should not neglect small terms in the equation of motion if the growth rate is small. The instability is expected to form ring structures in protoplanetary disks. The width of the ring formed at a radius of 100 AU is a few tens of AU. Therefore, the instability is a candidate for the formation mechanism of observed ring-like structures in disks. Another aspect of the instabilitymore » is the accumulation of dust grains, and hence the instability may play an important role in the formation of planetesimals, rocky protoplanets, and cores of gas giants located at radii ∼100 AU. If these objects survive the dispersal of the gaseous component of the disk, they may be the origin of debris disks.« less
Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Department of Physics, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8602 (Japan)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22370453
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 794; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; DISTURBANCES; DUSTS; EQUATIONS OF MOTION; FEEDBACK; GAS FLOW; GRAVITATION; GRAVITATIONAL INSTABILITY; GROWTH; PERTURBATION THEORY; PROTOPLANETS; RINGS; WAVELENGTHS