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Vorticies from low-mass planet formation in "transition discs”

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I will describe how so-called “transition discs” are natural sites for the trapping of pebble-sized dust particles. Consequently these pebble traps are natural sites for pebble accretion. I will argue that rapid pebble accretion can lead to the disc becoming locally baroclinic and prone to the formation of anti-cyclonic vorticies. I will then sketch out an evolutionary cycle of vortex formation and destruction and relate this mechanism to the observed asymmetries in “transition discs”.

This talk is part of the DAMTP Astro Mondays series.

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