Seminar: CPS Seminar
date: 2022 October 7 (FRI) 16:00-18:00
Room: Online seminar (Zoom)
Speaker: SASAKI Takanori (Kyoto University)
Title: "Uranian Satellite Formation by Giant Impact"
Abstract: The ice-giant planet Uranus probably underwent a giant impact, given that its spin axis is tilted by 98 degrees. That its satellite system is equally inclined and prograde suggests that it was formed as a consequence of the impact. However, the disks predicted by the impact simulations generally have sizes one order smaller and masses two orders larger than those of the observed system at present. Here we show, by means of a theoretical model, that the Uranian satellite formation is regulated by the evolution of the impact-generated disk. We predict that the disk lost a substantial amount of water vapour mass and spread to the levels of the current system until the disk cooled down enough for ice condensation and accretion of icy particles to begin. From the predicted distribution of condensed ices, our N-body simulation is able to reproduce the observed mass–orbit configuration of Uranian satellites.
Keywords: Satellite Formation, Giant Impact, Uranus
Organizer: SAITOH Takayuki