Grigorii Smirnov-Pinchukov (Russia)
smirnov @ mpia.de
Characterization of planet-forming disks with ALMA and JWST
One of the most exciting “hot” topics in science is to understand formation and properties of exoplanets and their atmospheres. Protoplanetary disks composed of dust and gas around young, pre-main-sequence stars are believed to be birth sites of planetary systems, and hence provide the best opportunity to study planet
formation processes at work. With the recent advent of powerful observational facilities such as the Atacama Large Millimeter Array and NOEMA, many protoplanetary disks became accessible for detailed studies. Their planetary-forming zones will become more easily accessible with the forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope in 2021. The main goal of this PhD study is to analyze and simulate infrared and (sub-)millimeter observations of these disks in lines of diagnostic molecules and dust emission by modeling their underlying
physical and chemical structure and radiative transfer processes.
Supervisors: Thomas Henning / Dima Semenov (MPIA)