Destruction of stellar disks by photoevaporation

D. Johnstone, I. Matsuyama, I. G. McCarthy, A. S. Font

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Photoevaporation may provide an explanation for the short lifetimes of disks around young stars. With the exception of neutral oxygen lines, the observed low-velocity forbidden line emission from T Tauri stars can be reproduced by photoevaporating models. The natural formation of a gap in the disk at several AU due to photoevaporation and viscous spreading provides a possible halting mechanism for migrating planets and an explanation for the abundance of observed planets at these radii.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-41
Number of pages4
JournalRevista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica: Serie de Conferencias
StatePublished - 2004
EventGravitational Collapse: from Massive Stars to Planets - Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Duration: Dec 8 2003Dec 12 2003


  • Accretion, Accretion disks
  • Stars: Formation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics


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