Cold debris disks (T<200 K) are analogues to the dust in the Solar System's Kuiper belt. We lay out a critical path for the study of debris disks that focuses on defining an empirical relationship between scattered light and thermal emission, probing the dynamics and properties of disks, and directly determining planet disk interactions.
Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
- Pub Date:
- May 2019
- Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics;
- Astrophysics - Earth and Planetary Astrophysics;
- Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics
- 8 pages, with 3 figures. White Paper submitted in response to Astro 2020 Science White paper call. Co-signers on this work are: Vanessa Bailey (JPL), William C. Danchi (GSFC), Laurent Pueyo (STScI), Marshall Perrin (STScI), Bin Ren (STScI), Aki Roberge (GSFC), Glenn Schneider (U. of Arizona), Jordan Steckloff (PSI)