From Gas to Satellitesimals: Disk Formation and Evolution
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- Coradini, A., Magni, G. & Turrini, D. Space Sci Rev (2010) 153: 411. doi:10.1007/s11214-009-9611-9
The subject of satellite formation is strictly linked to the one of planetary formation. Giant planets strongly shape the evolution of the circum-planetary disks during their formation and thus, indirectly, influence the initial conditions for the processes governing satellite formation. In order to fully understand the present features of the satellite systems of the giant planets, we need to take into account their formation environments and histories and the role of the different physical parameters. In particular, the pressure and temperature profiles in the circum-planetary nebulae shaped their chemical gradients by allowing for the condensation of ices and noble gases. These chemical gradients, in turn, set the composition of the satellitesimals, which represent the building blocks of the present regular satellites.
KeywordsSolar system: formation Planets and satellites: formation Accretion disks Planets and satellites: Jupiter Planets and satellites: Saturn
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