Cosmic Building Blocks: Forming Planets from Tiny Grains of Dust

Date: 
10/14/2022 - 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Location: 
Zoom
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s): 
Dr. Sarah Sadavoy (Queens University)
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Host: Su

This colloquium will be remote over zoom.

Title: Cosmic Building Blocks: Forming Planets from Tiny Grains of Dust

Abstract: Planet formation takes place in disks of dust and gas around young stars, where the dust grains are the building blocks to form new planets.  Nevertheless, capturing the planet-formation process is challenging as disks are complex and dynamic environments.    Observational studies of both disks and planet formation are rapidly changing with the development of high resolution and multi-wavelength instrumentation.    With current capabilities, we can characterize structural features in disks, study their chemistry, and even detect young protoplanets embedded in these systems.    In this presentation, I will provide an overview of both current and future capabilities, highlighting stunning images and results.  I will also discuss some of the challenging open questions and how future research may tackle many of these questions.