ASIAA Summer Students Program
ASIAA Summer Student Program 2024
July 1 - August 30

2024 Project Description

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Planet-induced kinematic signatures in protoplanetary disks
This project can be carried out remotely.

hydrodynamic simulations
planet detections
protoplanetary disks


Ruobing Dong, Min-Kai Lin
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Task Description and Goals

Protoplanetary disks are the birthplaces of planets. Directly detecting protoplanets in disks is difficult. Indirect methods to infer their presence have been developed. One of the most exciting methods is to look for kinematic signatures excited by the planet's gravity, i.e., non-Keplerian motions in the gas due to the presence of massive perturbers (e.g., Pinte et al, 2019, Nature Astronomy, 3, 1109). In this project, the student is tasked to carry out 3D hydrodynamic simulations of disk-planet interactions and investigate how the planet-induced non Keplerian gas motion depends on numerical methods. Ideally the student shall produce a first-author refereed paper at the end of the project.

Required Background

Adequate english communication skills (particularly reading and writing). Familiarity with linux/unix operation systems and command line. Familiarity with at least one programming language (e.g., python, IDL, matlab, etc). Past research experiences in numerical simulations, or protoplanetary disks, are preferred, but not required.

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