PLANETESIMALS IN DEBRIS DISKS OF SUN-LIKE STARS

@article{Shannon2011PLANETESIMALSID,
  title={PLANETESIMALS IN DEBRIS DISKS OF SUN-LIKE STARS},
  author={Andrew Shannon and Yanqin Wu},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2011},
  volume={739}
}
Observations of dusty debris disks can be used to test theories of planetesimal coagulation. Planetesimals of sizes up to a couple of thousand kilometers are embedded in these disks and their mutual collisions generate the small dust grains that are observed. The dust luminosities, when combined with information on the dust spatial extent and the system age, can be used to infer initial masses in the planetesimal belts. Carrying out such a procedure for a sample of debris disks around Sun-like… 

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