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Characterizing planetesimal belts through the study of debris dust
Moro-Martín, Amaya
AA(Departamento de Astrofísica, CAB (CSIC-INTA), Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial, Torrejón de Ardoz, 28850, Madrid, Spain )
The Astrophysics of Planetary Systems: Formation, Structure, and Dynamical Evolution, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, IAU Symposium, Volume 276, p. 54-59
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interplanetary medium, Kuiper Belt, circumstellar matter, stars: evolution, planetary systems
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(c) 2011: Copyright © International Astronomical Union 2011
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Main sequence stars are commonly surrounded by disks of dust. From lifetime arguments, it is inferred that the dust particles are not primordial but originate from the collision of planetesimals, similar to the asteroids, comets and KBOs in our Solar system. The presence of these debris disks around stars with a wide range of masses, luminosities, and metallicities, with and without binary companions, is evidence that planetesimal formation is a robust process that can take place under a wide range of conditions. Debris disks can help us learn about the formation, evolution and diversity of planetary systems.

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