The orbital decay of a retrograde planet in a protoplanetary disk

Jeffrey Fung, University of Toronto
Advisor: Clement Baruteau, UCSC

Abstract: Motivated by recent observations of retrograde planets, we investigated the orbital decay of a retrograde planet embedded in a protoplanetary disk. We treated both gravitational and hydrodynamic drag, and found the migration time scale ranges from 103 to 105 years for planet masses between 10-3 to 101 Jupiter masses. We also found that a highly inclined orbit can increase this time scale by a factor of 10 and that due to inclination damping, the final inclination is unlikely to be greater than 50 degrees.

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