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    Resonant relaxation in protoplanetary disks

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    Resonant relaxation is a novel form of two-body relaxation that arises in nearly Keplerian disks such as protoplanetary disks. Resonant relaxation does not affect the semimajor axes of the particles, but enhances relaxation of particle eccentricities and inclinations. The equilibrium state after resonant relaxation is a Rayleigh distribution, with the mean-square eccentricity and inclination inversely proportional to mass. The rate of resonant relaxation depends strongly on the precession rate of the disk. If the precession due to the disk's self-gravity is small compared to the total precession, then the relaxation is concentrated near the secular resonance between each pair of interacting bodies; on the other hand if the precession rate is dominated by the disk's self-gravity then relaxation occurs through coupling to the large-scale low-frequency m=1 normal modes of the disk. Depending on the disk properties, resonant relaxation may be either stronger or weaker than the usual non-resonant relaxation.Comment: 19 pages, 1 figure, LaTeX, submitted to A
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