A sufficiently massive planet will induce spiral arms, gap formation, migration and accretion shocks in his surrounding disk. We attempt to understand how all those processes backreact onto planetary formation and disk evolution.

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Dr. Aiara Lobo Gomes - Migration due to interaction with spiral arms (Former PhD project)

"Planets are formed in the discs of young stars, they interact with the circumstellar disc and can survive until the latter has evaporated. It is of major importance to understand the interplay between planets and their parental discs to explain the variety of exoplanets observed and to constrain planet formation theories.

The goal of this project is to study several aspects of planet-disc interactions when considering non-isothermal discs. For that purpose we carry out (radiative-)hydrodynamical simulations of planet-disc interactions using the PLUTO code."

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