Wednesday 20 Mar 2019: [Seminar] SPIDI: the search for disk-embedded, inner planetary systems.
Dr Jerome Bouvier - Université Grenoble Alpes
4th Floor, Physics Building 14:00-15:00
I shall review the motivations and recent progress that led to the "Star-Inner Disk-Planets Interactions" (SPIDI) project, whose long-term goal is to search for nascent inner planetary systems still embedded in the circumstellar disks of young stars. The challenge is to isolate a planetary signal buried in the large variability of young stars induced by the magnetic star-disk interaction. I will thus review our current understanding of the magnetospheric accretion process in young stars and present a few directions we might want to explore towards the goal of detecting and characterizing disk-embedded inner planets.