How do physicists and astronomers team up to write research papers?

The way in which physicists andĀ  astronomers team up to write technical papers has changed over the years, and not only is it interesting to look at this behavior for its own sake, but by analyzing the data it may be possible to better understand what role, if any, does the number of authorsĀ  haveContinue reading “How do physicists and astronomers team up to write research papers?”

Analyzing the ups and downs of planet factories

Planets, asteroids and comets are assembled inside mysterious gaseous structures called protoplanetary disks, which form around a newborn star (see Figure 1 below). The gas in these disks is turbulent due to a combination of magnetic, chemical and kinematic effects, and this turbulence is the driving agent behind a disk’s evolution. The stronger the turbulence,Continue reading “Analyzing the ups and downs of planet factories”