Jack Dobinson

The aim of my Ph.D. is to find indirect tracers of young multi-planet systems. Current models of planet formation are only theoretical and are based on interpolation between observations of the beginning of the process (protoplanetary disks) and the end (fully formed planets). Young planets are challenging to observe because they are embedded (at least partially) in their stars accretion disk. In addition, the host stars themselves are also young and thus, highly active. Until recently there has been no instrument capable of observing the inner regions of young accretion disks. ALMA, a new radio telescope, will be able to observe the dust in the accretion disks so by numerically modelling the effects that multiple planets have on the dust we can predict their presence.

I am using a heirarchical N-body code (PKDGRAV) to perfom the necessary simulations. Comparison with observations will be accomplished by the creation of synthetic images informed by the simulaiton outcomes.

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Contact Information:
Starlink Room
4th Floor
H.H. Wills Laboratory
Earth Science:
Office G10
Wills Memorial Building
jack [dot] dobinson [at] bristol [dot] ac [dot] uk

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