Searching For the t=0 of Planetary System Formation
1 Department of Astronomy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
2 Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen K., Denmark
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Published online: 7 September 2022
The composition of bodies in the solar system points to strong gradients in the volatile content within solid bodies hinting at the presence of gas-ice transitions across sublimation fronts in the young formative stages when the gas-rich disk was present. Terrestrial worlds are constructed out of the disk solids which are primarily silicate and water, but might also contain a significant fraction of organic material. These refractory organics are the source of carbon to Earth-like worlds, but have the potential to be destroyed if temperatures exceed 300-500 K (depending on pressure). These temperatures are most readily prevalent during the early stages of planetary system formation where the seeds of terrestrial worlds are potentially assembled. Here we present an ongoing observational search for refractory carbon grain destruction. We also discuss the implications on the overall gas phase chemistry within sublimation zones and on the ultimate composition of planetary bodies forming from available materials.
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