Linking the formation and fate of exo-Kuiper belts within solar system analogues

19 Feb 2020 Veras Dimitri Reichert Katja Dotti Francesco Flammini Cai Maxwell X. Mustill Alexander J. Shannon Andrew McDonald Catriona H. Zwart Simon Portegies Kouwenhoven M. B. N. Spurzem Rainer

Escalating observations of exo-minor planets and their destroyed remnants both passing through the solar system and within white dwarf planetary systems motivate an understanding of the orbital history and fate of exo-Kuiper belts and planetesimal discs. Here we explore how the structure of a 40-1000 au annulus of planetesimals orbiting inside of a solar system analogue that is itself initially embedded within a stellar cluster environment varies as the star evolves through all of its stellar phases... (read more)

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  • EARTH AND PLANETARY ASTROPHYSICS
  • ASTROPHYSICS OF GALAXIES
  • SOLAR AND STELLAR ASTROPHYSICS