The Physics of Protoplanetary Dust Agglomerates. X. High-velocity Collisions between Small and Large Dust Agglomerates as a Growth Barrier

Rainer Schräpler1, Jürgen Blum1, Sebastiaan Krijt2,3, and Jan-Hendrik Raabe1
Astrophysical Journal 853, 74 Link to Article [DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aaa0d2]
1Institut für Geophysik und extraterrestrische Physik, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Mendelssohnstr. 3, D-38106 Braunschweig, Germany
2Department of the Geophysical Sciences, The University of Chicago, 5734 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
3Hubble Fellow.

In a protoplanetary disk, dust aggregates in the μm to mm size range possess mean collision velocities of 10–60 m s−1 with respect to dm- to m-sized bodies. We performed laboratory collision experiments to explore this parameter regime and found a size- and velocity-dependent threshold between erosion and growth. By using a local Monte Carlo coagulation calculation and along with a simple semi-analytical timescale approach, we show that erosion considerably limits particle growth in protoplanetary disks and leads to a steady-state dust-size distribution from μm- to dm-sized particles.


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