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Theory, observability, and implications of planet disruptions during formation of stars and planets

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Planet formation is simultaneously the least understood and the most active area of current Astrophysical research. A decade ago planet formation theorists became aware that planets, like most other objects in the Universe, can lose major fractions of their initial gas budget during or soon after their birth. Modern simulations show that gas giant protoplanets can be tidally disrupted before they become dense Jupiter-like planets, merge with one another, and be subsumed by protostars in great numbers. During this talk I shall review the existing and potential observational evidence for planet disruptions being a major mode of planet formation, and an important mechanism for stellar growth.

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