Ms. Benedetta Veronesi

Position: Ph.D. Student    
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Research interests
  • Protoplanetary discs: dust-gas interaction, planet-disc interaction
  • Planet formation
  • Dynamics of accretion discs


Ph.D. project:

My Ph.D. project concerns the study of gas and dust dynamics in both non-self-gravitating and self-gravitating protoplanetary discs. Moreover, we want to investigate how a planet embedded in a disc interact with it. In particular, we want to put a constraint on the protoplanetary disc mass through the investigation of the behavior of the disc substructures (spirals, rings or horseshoes, originated by planet-disc interaction) by varying the coupling between the gas and the dust.

As a second aim, for the self-gravitating case, we want to study the dust trapping in spiral structures. Indeed, this mechanism could be a fundamental “catalyst” during the planetesimal formation process. 

This project will be developed by means of a theoretical/numerical approach, with a direct and continuous comparison with observational data collected mainly by the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) and by the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch (SPHERE) instrument at the Very Large Telescope (VLT). 

 Recent papers: 

Spin alignment and differential accretion in merging black hole binaries, D. Gerosa, B. Veronesi, G. Lodato, G. Rosotti, MNRAS 451, 3941-3954 (2015).

Enforcing dust mass conservation in 3D simulations of tightly-coupled grains with the Phantom SPH code, G. Ballabio, G. Dipierro, B. Veronesi, G. Lodato, M. Hutchinson, G. Laibe, D. J. Price, MNRAS (accepted 2018).