Modeling Morphological Structures Observed in Spatially Resolved Scattered Light Images of Protoplanetary Disks

Type Conference Paper
Names John P. Wisniewski, B. Whitney, SEEDS Team
Proceedings Title Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
Conference Name American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #218, #225.02
Volume 43
Date May 1, 2011
Library Catalog NASA ADS
Abstract New near-IR scattered light imagery of young protoplanetary disk systems, imaged by the Strategic Exploration of Exoplanets and Disks with Subaru (SEEDS) survey and other facilities, reveal a wealth of morphological features. We explore the origin of these features using 2D and 3D Monte Carlo radiative transfer simulations, which have been modified to include the effects of inner disk warps, inner disk holes, and spiral structures. Initial comparisons between model runs and observational data will be presented. We acknowledge funding from NSF AST 0802230, NSF AST 1009314, and a Chretien International Research Grant.
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