On the Dynamics of Pebbles in Protoplanetary Disks with Magnetically Driven Winds

M. Shadmehri1, F. Khajenabi1, and M. E. Pessah2
The Astrophysical Journal 863, 33 Link to Article [https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aad047]
1Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Golestan University, Gorgan 49138-15739, Iran
2Niels Bohr International Academy, Niels Bohr Institute, Blegdamsvej 17, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark

We present an analytical model to investigate the production of pebbles and their radial transport through a protoplanetary disk (PPD) with magnetically driven winds. While most of the previous analytical studies in this context assumed that the radial turbulent coefficient is equal to the vertical dust diffusion coefficient, in the light of the results of recent numerical simulations, we relax this assumption by adopting effective parameterizations of the turbulent coefficients involved, in terms of the strength of the magnetic fields driving the wind. Theoretical studies have already pointed out that even in the absence of winds, these coefficients are not necessarily equal, though how this absence affects pebble production has not been explored. In this paper, we investigate the evolution of the pebble production line, the radial mass flux of the pebbles, and their corresponding surface density as a function of the plasma parameter at the disk midplane. Our analysis explicitly demonstrates that the presence of magnetically driven winds in a PPD leads to considerable reduction of the rate and duration of the pebble delivery. We show that when the wind is strong, the core growth in mass due to the pebble accretion is so slow that it is unlikely that a core could reach a pebble isolation mass during a PPD lifetime. When the mass of a core reaches this critical value, pebble accretion is halted due to core-driven perturbations in the gas. With decreasing wind strength, however, pebble accretion may, in a shorter time, increase the mass of a core to the pebble isolation mass.


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