A `Rosetta Stone’ for Protoplanetary Disks: The Synergy of Multi-Wavelength Observations

  • Sicilia-Aguilar, A. (SUPA, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, KY16 9SS, St Andrews, UK);
  • Banzatti, A. (Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA);
  • Carmona, A. (Université de Toulouse, UPS-OMP, IRAP, 14 avenue E. Belin, Toulouse, F-31400, France);
  • Stolker, T. (Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy, University of Amsterdam, Science Park 904, 1098 XH Amsterdam, The Netherlands);
  • Kama, M. (Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, PO Box 9513, 2300 RA, Leiden, The Netherlands);
  • Mendigutía, I. (School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK);
  • Garufi, A. (Universidad Autonónoma de Madrid, Dpto. Física Teórica, Módulo 15, Facultad de Ciencias, Campus de Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid, Spain);
  • Flaherty, K. (Van Vleck Observatory, Astronomy Department, Wesleyan University, 96 Foss Hill Drive, Middletown, CT 06459);
  • van der Marel, N. (Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, 2680 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822-1839, USA);
  • Greaves, J. (School of Physics & Astronomy, Cardiff University, 4 The Parade, Cardiff CF24 3AA, UK)


Recent progress in telescope development has brought us different ways to observe protoplanetary disks: interferometers, space missions, adaptive optics, polarimetry, and time- and spectrally-resolved data. While the new facilities have changed the way we can tackle open problems in disk structure and evolution, there is a substantial lack of interconnection between different observing communities. Here, we explore the complementarity of some of the state-of-the-art observing techniques, and how they can be brought together to understand disk dispersal and planet formation.


Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, Volume 33, id.e059 31 pp.
Pub Date:
December 2016
  • Astronomical instrumentation;
  • methods and techniques;
  • methods: observational;
  • stars: formation;
  • protoplanetary disks;
  • Astrophysics – Solar and Stellar Astrophysics;
  • Astrophysics – Earth and Planetary Astrophysics
E-Print Comments:
Accepted for publication in PASA. 37 pages, 9 figures, 1 table. Revised version: corrected problem in Fig 2; doi:10.1017/pasa.2016.56

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