Volume 641, September 2020
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Planets and planetary systems|
|Published online||15 September 2020|
Accretion of eroding pebbles and planetesimals in planetary envelopes
University of Duisburg-Essen, Faculty of Physics,
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Accepted: 2 July 2020
Wind erosion is a destructive mechanism that completely dissolves a weakly bound object like a planetesimal into its constituent particles, if the velocity relative to the ambient gas and the local gas pressure are sufficiently high. In numerical simulations we study the influence of such wind erosion on pebble and planetesimal accretion by a planetary body up to 10 REarth. Due to the rapid size reduction of an in-falling small body, the accretion outcome changes significantly. Erosion leads to a strong decrease in the accretion efficiency below a threshold size of the small body on the order of 10 m. This slows down pebble accretion significantly for a given size distribution of small bodies. The threshold radius of the small body increases with increasing planet radius and decreases with increasing semi-major axis. Within the parameters studied, an additional planetary atmosphere (up to 1 bar) is of minor importance.
Key words: protoplanetary disks / planet-disk interactions / planets and satellites: atmospheres / methods: numerical
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