Accretion of a giant planet onto a white dwarf star

@article{Gnsicke2019AccretionOA,
  title={Accretion of a giant planet onto a white dwarf star},
  author={B. G{\"a}nsicke and M. Schreiber and O. Toloza and N. G. Fusillo and D. Koester and C. Manser},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2019},
  volume={576},
  pages={61 - 64}
}
The detection1 of a dust disk around the white dwarf star G29-38 and transits from debris orbiting the white dwarf WD 1145+017 (ref. 2) confirmed that the photospheric trace metals found in many white dwarfs3 arise from the accretion of tidally disrupted planetesimals4. The composition of these planetesimals is similar to that of rocky bodies in the inner Solar System5. Gravitational scattering of planetesimals towards the white dwarf requires the presence of more massive bodies6, yet no planet… Expand
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