Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

Living Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, William M. Irvine, Ricardo Amils, Henderson James Cleaves, Daniele Pinti, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Michel Viso

Protoplanetary Disk Midplane

  • Avi M. Mandell
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_444-3


The disk midplane corresponds to the region of a circumstellar disk where the vertical density distribution peaks. The midplane is thought to be the coldest region of the disk, due to the inability of stellar radiation to penetrate deeply. The low temperatures and high densities lead to the fastest growth timescales for planetesimals and result in planets with coplanar orbits (if no scattering or inclination pumping occurs).

See Also


Density Distribution Bioorganic Chemistry Fast Growth Cold Region Distribution Peak 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA