Pebble accretion in class 0/I YSOs as a possible pathway for early planet formation

Yuki A. Tanaka, Yusuke Tsukamoto

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Recent theoretical works suggest that the pebble accretion process is important for planet formation in protoplanetary disks, because it accelerates the growth of planetary cores. While several observations reveal axisymmetric sharp gaps in very young disks, which may be indicative of the existence of planets. We investigate the possibility of planet formation via pebble accretion in much earlier phases, the gravitationally unstable disks of class 0/I young stellar objects. We find that under the conditions of the class 0/I disks, the pebble accretion timescales can be shorter compared to the typical protoplanetary disks due to larger gas and dust accretion rate, but also find that the accretion timescale is not always a decreasing function of the gas accretion rate. By using estimated accretion timescales, we give a required initial mass to form cores of gas giants within the lifetime of class 0/I phases under several parameters, such as radial distances from the host star, gas accretion rates, and dust-to-gas mass ratio. In the most optimistic case, for example the dust-to-gas mass ratio is f = 3fsolar, ∼ 10-4M objects at 10 au can grow to 10M cores during the typical lifetime of the class 0/I phases, 0.5 Myr.

Original languageEnglish
JournalUnknown Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 7


  • Planet-disc interactions
  • Planetary systems
  • Planets and satellites: formation
  • Planets and satellites: physical evolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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