Water in Protoplanetary Disks: Deuteration and Turbulent Mixing

By Keith Cowing
October 14, 2013
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Water in Protoplanetary Disks: Deuteration and Turbulent Mixing

We investigate water and deuterated water chemistry in turbulent protoplanetary disks. Chemical rate equations are solved with the diffusion term, mimicking turbulent mixing in vertical direction.

Water near the midplane is transported to the disk atmosphere by turbulence and destroyed by photoreactions to produce atomic oxygen, while the atomic oxygen is transported to the midplane and reforms water and/or other molecules. We find that this cycle significantly decreases column densities of water ice at r < 30 AU, where dust temperatures are too high to reform water ice effectively. The radial extent of such region depends on the desorption energy of atomic hydrogen. Our model indicates that water ice could be deficient even outside the sublimation radius. Outside this radius, the cycle decreases the D/H ratio of water ice from 2×10^-2, which is set by the collapsing core model, to 10^-4-10^-2 in 10^6 yr, without significantly decreasing the water ice column density. The resultant D/H ratios depend on the strength of mixing and the radial distance from the central star. Our finding suggests that the D/H ratio of cometary water (10^-3-10^-4) could be established (i.e. cometary water could be formed) in the solar nebula, even if the D/H ratio of water ice delivered to the disk was very high (10^-2). Kenji Furuya, Yuri Aikawa, Hideko Nomura, Franck Hersant, Valentine Wakelam (Submitted on 12 Oct 2013) Comments: 54 pages, 17 figures, accepted to ApJ Subjects: Galaxy Astrophysics (astro-ph.GA); Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR) Cite as: arXiv:1310.3342 [astro-ph.GA] (or arXiv:1310.3342v1 [astro-ph.GA] for this version)

Submission history From: Kenji Furuya [view email] [v1] Sat, 12 Oct 2013 06:17:07 GMT (763kb)

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