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Evolution of inclined planets in three-dimensional radiative discs

By Bertram Bitsch and Willy Kley

Abstract

While planets in the solar system only have a low inclination with respect to the ecliptic there is mounting evidence that in extrasolar systems the inclination can be very high, at least for close-in planets. One process to alter the inclination of a planet is through planet-disc interactions. Recent simulations considering radiative transport have shown that the evolution of migration and eccentricity can strongly depend on the thermodynamic state of the disc. We extend previous studies to investigate the planet-disc interactions of fixed and moving planets on inclined and eccentric orbits. We also analyse the effect of the disc's thermodynamic properties on the orbital evolution of embedded planets in detail. The protoplanetary disc is modelled as a viscous gas where the internally produced dissipation is transported by radiation. For locally isothermal discs, we confirm previous results and find inclination damping and inward migration for planetary cores. For low inclinations i < 2 H/r, the damping is exponential, while di/dt is proportional to i^-2 for larger i. For radiative discs, the planetary migration is very limited, as long as their inclination exceeds a certain threshold. If the inclination is damped below this threshold, planetary cores with a mass up to approximately 33 Earth masses start to migrate outwards, while larger cores migrate inwards right from the start. The inclination is damped for all analysed planet masses. In a viscous disc an initial inclination of embedded planets will be damped for all planet masses. This damping occurs on timescales that are shorter than the migration time. If the inclination lies beneath a certain threshold, the outward migration in radiative discs is not handicapped. Outward migration is strongest for circular and non-inclined orbits

Topics: Astrophysics - Earth and Planetary Astrophysics
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1051/0004-6361/201016179
OAI identifier: oai:arXiv.org:1104.2408
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