Europlanet Science Congress 2021
Virtual meeting
13 – 24 September 2021
Europlanet Science Congress 2021
Virtual meeting
13 September – 24 September 2021
EPSC Abstracts
Vol. 15, EPSC2021-697, 2021
European Planetary Science Congress 2021
© Author(s) 2021. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Selfgravitating vortices in protoplanetary disks

Steven Rendon Restrepo and Pierre Barge
Steven Rendon Restrepo and Pierre Barge
  • Aix Marseille Univ, CNRS, LAM, Marseille, France

    Large scale vortices are thought to be natural outcomes of hydrodynamic instabilities in protoplanetary disks, as for instance the Rossby Wave Instability [1] or Baroclinic instability. Analytical and numerical studies showed that they can be long-lived and catalyze efficiently dust material concentration (e.g) [2], [3] and encourage to think they could play a role in protoplanetary-disk evolution and planetesimal formation. Their presence in the outer regions of circumstellar disks is possibly betrayed by recent observations of lopsided structures with ALMA and VLT [4], [5] and raises also a question: what is the importance of disk self-gravity on their structure and evolution.

    We present 2D hydrodynamical simulations of steady vortices evolving under the effect of their own gravity. The goal is to study their evolution and the possibility of gravitational collapse. Are particularly addressed the structure, migration, mass, and physical variables characterizing these self-gravitating structures. We also pay special attention to the case of very massive vortices.

Figure 1. From left to right: Rossby number and density (in log scale) perturbations induced by a large scale vortex after 171 orbital periods at 7.5 AU.

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[3] Raettig N, Klahr H Lyra W, 2015, ApJ804

[4] Tsukagoshi, T., Muto, T., Nomura, H., et al. 2019, ApJ, 878, L8

[5] Dong, R., Liu, S.-y., Eisner, J., et al. 2018, ApJ, 860, 124

How to cite: Rendon Restrepo, S. and Barge, P.: Selfgravitating vortices in protoplanetary disks, European Planetary Science Congress 2021, online, 13–24 Sep 2021, EPSC2021-697,, 2021.