Capture and migration of Jupiter and Saturn in mean motion resonance in a gaseous protoplanetary disc

25 Jan 2020  ·  Chametla Raul O., D'Angelo Gennaro, Reyes-Ruiz Mauricio, Sanchez-Salcedo F. Javier ·

We study the dynamical evolution of Jupiter and Saturn embedded in a gaseous, solar-nebula-type disc by means of hydrodynamics simulations with the FARGO2D1D code. We study the evolution for different initial separations of the planets' orbits, Delta a_SJ , to investigate whether they become captured in mean motion resonance (MMR) and the direction of the subsequent migration of the planet (inward or outward)... We also provide an assessment of the planet's orbital dynamics at different epochs of Saturn's growth. We find that the evolution of initially compact orbital configurations is dependent on the value of Delta a_SJ . This implies that an evolution as that proposed in the Grand Tack model depends on the precise initial orbits of Jupiter and Saturn and on the timescales for their formation. Capture in the 1:2 MMR and inward or (nearly) stalled migration are highly favoured. Within its limits, our work suggests that the reversed migration, associated with the resonance capture of Jupiter and Saturn, may be a low probability evolutionary scenario, so that other planetary systems with giant planets are not expected to have experienced a Grand Tack-like evolutionary path. read more

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Earth and Planetary Astrophysics