Query : 2019A&A...628A.119C

2019A&A...628A.119C - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 628A, 119-119 (2019/8-1)

Planet formation and stability in polar circumbinary discs.


Abstract (from CDS):

Context. Dynamical studies suggest that most circumbinary discs (CBDs) should be coplanar (i.e. the rotation vectors of the binary and the disc should be aligned). However, some theoretical works show that under certain conditions a CBD can become polar, which means that its rotation vector is orthogonal with respect to the binary orbital plane. Interestingly, very recent observations show that polar CBDs exist in nature (e.g. HD 98800).
Aims. We test the predictions of CBD alignment around eccentric binaries based on linear theory. In particular, we compare prograde and retrograde CBD configurations. Then, assuming planets form in these systems, we thoroughly characterise the orbital behaviour and stability of misaligned (P-type) particles. This is done for massless and massive particles.
Methods. The evolution of the CBD alignment for various configurations was modelled through three-dimensional hydrodynamical simulations. For the orbital characterisation and the analysis stability, we relied on long-term N-body integrations and structure and chaos indicators, such as Δe andMEGNO. Results. We confirm previous analytical predictions on CBD alignment, but find an unexpected symmetry breaking between prograde and retrograde configurations. More specifically, we observe polar alignment for a retrograde misaligned CBD that was expected to become coplanar with respect to the binary disc plane. Therefore, the likelihood of becoming polar for a highly misaligned CBD is higher than previously thought. Regarding the stability of circumbinary P-type planets (also know as Tatooines), polar orbits are stable over a wide range of binary parameters. In particular, for binary eccentricities below 0.4 the orbits are stable for any value of the binary mass ratio. In the absence of gas, planets with masses below 10–5M have negligible effects on the binary orbit. Finally, we suggest that mildly eccentric equal-mass binaries should be searched for polar Tatooines.

Abstract Copyright: © ESO 2019

Journal keyword(s): planets and satellites: dynamical evolution and stability - protoplanetary disks - binaries: general - hydrodynamics - methods: numerical

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Number of rows : 5
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2024
1 V* GG Tau Or* 04 32 30.3506925552 +17 31 40.494063144 14.84 14.78 13.40 11.54   M0e+M2.0e 737 1
2 HD 98800 TT* 11 22 05.28975 -24 46 39.7571   10.20 9.28 9.26 7.386 K5V(e) 375 0
3 HD 142527 Ae* 15 56 41.8882637904 -42 19 23.248281828   9.04 8.34     F6III 643 1
4 YLW 15 Y*O 16 27 26.906 -24 40 50.81           ~ 269 1
5 * b Her SB* 18 07 01.5906608928 +30 33 43.584892488 5.52 5.67 5.13 4.61 4.28 F6V 467 0

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