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Evolution of Grains in a Turbulent Solar NebulaPlanetesimal formation by gravitational instability of a dust layer requires a nonturbulent solar nebula. The assumption that the solar nebula is a turbulent, convective accretion disk is explored. Self consistent models of a convective disk depend on high opacity of the disk material, which must be provided by grains. Grain coagulation is implied by the requirement of forming planetesimals, as the turbulent velocities (approx. 1/3 sound speed) in the accretion disk would disrupt any dust layer. Collisional coagulation could form large planetesimals, simultaneously leaving a sufficient fraction of matter in small grains to maintain the nebula's opacity. Or, coagulation of grains into small (approx. cm) aggregates could lower the opacity enough for turbulence to decay. The evolution of a population of grains in a turbulent solar nebula is calculated numerically.
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Legacy CDMS
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Weidenschilling, S. J.
(Planetary Science Inst. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1985
Publication Information
Publication: NASA, Washington Repts. of Planetary Geol. and Geophys. Program, 1984
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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