Do proto-Jovian planets drive outflows?

A. C. Quillen, D. E. Trilling

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We discuss the possibility that gaseous giant planets drive strong outflows during early phases of their formation. We consider the range of parameters appropriate for magneto-centrifugally driven stellar and disk outflow models and find that, if the proto-Jovian planet or accretion disk had a magnetic field of ≳10 G and moderate mass-inflow accretion rates through the disk of less than ∼10-7Mj yr-1, it is possible to drive an outflow. Estimates based both on scaling from empirical laws observed in protostellar outflows and the magneto-centrifugal disk and stellar plus disk wind models suggest that winds with mass-outflow rates of order 10-8M, yr-1 and velocities of order ∼20 km s-1 could be driven from proto-Jovian planets. Prospects for detection and some implications for the formation of the solar system are briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)707-713
Number of pages7
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 PART II
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • ISM: jets and outflows
  • MHD
  • Planetary systems
  • Stars: mass loss
  • Stars: pre-main-sequence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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