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Grain Growth and Sub-structure in Proto-planetary Disks

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Grain Growth and Sub-structure in Proto-planetary Disks

Grain Growth and Sub-structure in Proto-planetary Disks

Claire Chandler, Stuart Corder, Adam Deller (NRAO); S. Andrews, David Wilner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics); John Carpenter (Caltech); A. Isella (Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri); L. Perez; Anneila Sargent (Caltech); Lee Mundy (Univ. Maryland); S. Storm; Nuria Calvet (Michigan); C. Dullemond (Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie); T. Henning (New Mexico)

KSPUnderstanding the formation, structure, and evolution of circumstellar disks is crucial to understand the formation of stars and planets. This group proposes millimeter and centimeter observations of dust particles within these disks, in order to trace the dust size distribution and the internal structure of the disks. Numerous research groups from around the world have been struggling with this problem for the past 15 years. The sensitive imaging proposed here - made possible by the wide bandwidth of the EVLA - will provide definitive answers to many longstanding questions.