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17th of February 2015
ATNF Colloquium
New Views of Planet-Forming Disks with Millimeter Interferometry
by David Wilner (CfA)
Abstract. - The circumstellar disks that naturally arise from the star formation process are the sites where planets are made. Many hundreds of these analogs to the disk that spawned our Solar System are nearby and accessible to detailed investigation. Millimeter interferometers provide direct access to the cool material in these disks, enabling resolved observations of dust morphology and properties, as well as the thermal, chemical, and dynamical structure of gas, all of which impact what kind of planetary systems, if any, may form (or may be forming now). I will review studies from the Submillimeter Array on Mauna Kea that illustrate key phenomena, including disk density structures and the demographic effects of stellar host mass and multiplicity, and I will touch on some incredible advances that are now beginning with the revolutionary capabilities of the Atacama Large Millimeter Array.

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