Friday, May 31, 2013

1305.7155 (Farzana Meru)

Triggered fragmentation in gravitationally unstable discs: forming fragments at small radii    [PDF]

Farzana Meru
We carry out three dimensional radiation hydrodynamical simulations of gravitationally unstable discs using to explore the movement of mass in a disc following its fragmentation. Compared to a more quiescent state before it fragments, the radial velocity of the gas increases by up to a factor of ~2-3 after fragmentation. While the mass movement occurs both inwards and outwards, the inwards motion can cause the inner spirals to be sufficiently dense that they may become unstable and potentially fragment. Consequently, the dynamical behaviour of fragmented discs may cause subsequent fragmentation at smaller radii after an initial fragment has formed in the outer disc.
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