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Paper: The Global Structure of Protoplanetary Disks
Volume: 321, Extrasolar Planets: Today and Tomorrow
Page: 361
Authors: Dullemond, C.P.; Dominik, C.
Abstract: The purpose of this contribution is to show that protoplanetary disks can have a large variety of shapes, very different from the simple flaring geometry usually assumed. These shapes follow naturally from a model in which the equation of vertical hydrostatic equilibrium is coupled to the equations for irradiation by the central star, modeled with 2-D/3-D continuum radiative transfer. There is observational evidence that these shapes are indeed 'seen' in disks around Herbig Ae/Be stars, indicating that an understanding of disk geometry is important for interpreting observations of protoplanetary disks. Also we will argue that the 2-D/3-D radiative transfer effects may influence the conditions for planet formation and disk-planet interaction.
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