Planet formation in the habitable zone of α Centauri B

  title={Planet formation in the habitable zone of $\alpha$ Centauri B},
  author={Philippe Jacqu. Thebault and Francesco Marzari and Hans Scholl},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters},
Recent studies have shown that α Centauri B might be, from an observational point of view, an ideal candidate for the detection of an Earth-like planet in or near its habitable zone (0.5-0.9au). We study here if such habitable planets can form, by numerically investigating the planet-formation stage which is probably the most sensitive to binarity effects: the mutual accretion of km-sized planetesimals. Using a state-of-the-art algorithm for computing the impact velocities within a test… 

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