New Views of Planet-Forming Disks with Millimeter Interferometry
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David Wilner
Harvard University
N232, Room 227
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The circumstellar disks that naturally arise from the star formation process are the sites where planets are made. Many hundreds of these analogs to the disk that spawned our Solar System are nearby and accessible to detailed investigation. Millimeter interferometers provide direct access to the cool material in these disks, enabling resolved observations of morphology and properties of solids, as well as the thermal, chemical, and dynamical structure of gas, all of which impact what kind of planetary systems, if any, may form (or may be forming now). I will review studies from the Submillimeter Array (SMA)
on Mauna Kea that illustrate key phenomena, and present recent results that take advantage of the revolutionary sensitivity and angular resolution of the much larger Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).