Animations are the heart of numerical simulations. Although
graphs and statistics quantify the results of a simulation,
animations and videos let us show results in a dramatic
way that makes the results clear. To view the videos,
click on the images.
The movies are 5-10 MB and may take awhile to load and run.
Debris disks are the dusty remains of planet formation. When Earth-mass
or larger planets form, they leave behind bright rings and disks of dust
that shine from reflected light from the central star. Each video shows
how the disk evolves with time. The clock goes around once in a billion
years. The disk extends from 30 AU (orbit of Neptune) to 150 AU.
Debris disk with strong planetesimals
Debris disk with weak planetesimals
Debris disk with several rings
JPL showed this video at SC2005. Watch for the planet: a small
white blob within a dark ring in the lower right corner of the disk.
Debris disk with a molten Earth-like planet
These videos show what the GMT might detect from
a debris disk around a nearby star. The box is
1 arcsec on each side.
Face-on debris disk with no atmosphere
Face-on debris disk with adaptive optics
Edge-on debris disk with no atmosphere
Edge-on debris disk with adaptive optics