FIRES OF HEAVEN
HIDDEN IN THE DUST If
the ancient people had
an ability to peep through the heaven's door, they would
create myths and legends
full of dusty and dirty places.
Today, thanks to powerful telescopes, we know about
new worlds born out
of dust, and old worlds
dying and turning into
dust. Once upon a time, our
own body was nothing else than
such a dust floating in the space around the newborn Sun,
waiting for its destiny in this
cosmic cycle of life and death.
If we want to study the origin
of life on the Earth then we
need to look at the other worlds
that are just now opening their first chapter of Genesis. However,
the view reveals complex opaque dust clouds, with the seed of
planet formation hidden inside.
Thus, the correct description
of the heaven's dawn depends on our ability to calculate the
transfer of light and heat through such a cloud.
LELUYA is a computer
code, named after a mighty
goddess of lightning, which can perform these calculations
"Inner dusty regions of protoplanetary discs - I. High-resolution temperature structure"
Vinkovic, 2012, MNRAS, 420, 1541.
"The Illumination and Growth of CRL 2688: An Analysis of New & Archival HST Observations"
Ballick et al., 2012, ApJ, 745, 188.
Surfing on the light of planet forming dust clouds
One of the key ingredients in planet and comet formation studies is to understand and account
for all mechanisms that influence dust movements through the protoplanetary disk.
In a paper published in Nature, Dejan Vinkovic describes a new mechanism that moves
particles in a previously unexpected way and has the ability to transport them over large distances.
"Near infrared and the inner regions of protoplanetary disks"
Vinkovic et al., 2006, ApJ, 636, 348-361.
"Bipolar outflow on the asymptotic giant branch - the case of IRC+10011"
Vinkovic et al. 2004, MNRAS, 352, 852-862. ADS