I am a PhD student in the Astronomy and Astrophysics group at the University of Warwick under the supervision of Dr. Farzana Meru.
I am interested in the evolution of planets around a particular class of protoplanetary discs; self-gravitating discs which are young, massive, and turbulent. My interests are driven by the following:
- Planet migration in self-gravitating discs.
- Impact of planet-disc interactions on the structure of self-gravitating discs.
- The dust dynamics in self-gravitating discs.
- Connecting simulations with observed disc features.
To answer these questions I use 3D SPH simulations to explore the importance of thermodynamics on the migration of planets. Over the course of my PhD, the complexity of the thermodynamics is increased to gain a fuller understanding of planet-disc interactions. Click any of the following links for more information:
Rowther, S., & Meru, F. 2020, "Planet Migration in Self-Gravitating Discs: Survival of Planets", MNRAS, 496, 1598
Rowther, S., & Meru, F., Kennedy, G., et al. 2020, "Hiding Signatures of Gravitational Instability in Protoplanetary Discs with Planets", ApJL, 904, L18