What Kinds of Planets Form in What Kinds of Disks?
Steve Strom (NOAO)
Monday 19th April 2010, 12:00pm
Pratt conference room, 60 Garden Street
We discuss the range of masses and accretion rates observed among circumstellar disks surrounding young, solar-like stars and describe the range of outcome planetary systems likely to emerge from specific ranges in these initial conditions. Next, we discuss observations diagnostic of emerging planetary systems and argue that we already have found evidence of disks forming Jovian mass planets. Finally, we lay out a series of measurements -- some possible with extant facilities, others requiring next generation telescopes -- that will allow us to learn with greater fidelity 'what kinds of planets form in what kinds of disks'.