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The science case for the Planet Formation Imager (PFI)

Kraus, Stefan; Monnier, J. D.; Harries, Tim J; Dong, Ruobing; Bate, Matthew; Whitney, Barbara; Zhu, Zhaohuan; Buscher, David; Berger, Jean-Philippe; Haniff, Chris; Ireland, Michael

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Among the most fascinating and hotly-debated areas in contemporary astrophysics are the means by which planetary systems are assembled from the large rotating disks of gas and dust which attend a stellar birth. Although important work has already been, and is still being done both in theory and observation, a full understanding of the physics of planet formation can only be achieved by opening observational windows able to directly witness the process in action. The key requirement is then to...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Conference paper
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/65501
Source: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering Vol 9146
DOI: 10.1117/12.2055544

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