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Orbital evolution of planetesimals in gaseous disks
 Hiroshi Kobayashi^{1}Email author
https://doi.org/10.1186/s406230150218y
© Kobayashi; licensee Springer. 2015
 Received: 21 December 2014
 Accepted: 24 March 2015
 Published: 30 April 2015
Abstract
Planets are formed from collisional growth of small bodies in a protoplanetary disk. Bodies much larger than approximately 1 m are mainly controlled by the gravity of the host star and experience weak gas drag; their orbits are mainly expressed by orbital elements: semimajor axes a, eccentricities e, and inclinations i, which are modulated by gas drag. In a previous study, \(\dot a\), \(\dot e\), and \(\dot i\) were analytically derived for e≪1 and i≪H/a, where H is the scale height of the disk. Their formulae are valid in the early stage of planet formation. However, once massive planets are formed, e and i increase greatly. Indeed, some small bodies in the solar system have very large e and i. Therefore, in this paper, I analytically derive formulae for \(\dot a\), \(\dot e\), and \(\dot i\) for 1−e ^{2}≪1 and i≪H/a and for i≫H/a. The formulae combined from these limited equations will represent the results of orbital integration unless e≥1 or i>π−H/a. Since the derived formulae are applicable for bodies not only in a protoplanetary disk but also in a circumplanetary disk, I discuss the possibility of the capture of satellites in a circumplanetary disk using the formulae.
Keywords
 Planet formation
 Asteroids
 Comets
Correspondence/Findings
Introduction
Planets are formed in a circumstellar disk composed of gas and solid materials (solids are of the order of 1% in mass). The solid material is initially submicron grains, which are controlled by an aerodynamical frictional force that is much stronger than the gravity of the central star (Adachi et al. 1976, hereafter AHN). As solid bodies grow, gas drag becomes relatively less important. Once bodies get much larger than 1 m, they have Keplerian orbits around the central star that are slightly altered by gas drag; then, their orbits are characterized by orbital elements: semimajor axes a, eccentricities e, and inclinations i. These bodies grow via collisions, and the collisional rates are given by relative velocities determined by e and i (e.g., Inaba et al. 2001). Damping due to gas drag and stirring by the largest body in each annulus of the disk mainly control e and i, which evolve in the protoplanetary disk during planet formation. In addition, radial drift due to gas drag, which is expressed by \(\dot a\), reduces small bodies, which stalls the growth of bodies (e.g., Kobayashi et al. 2010, 2011). Therefore, the time derivative of a, e, and i (\(\dot a\), \(\dot e\), and \(\dot i\)) caused by gas drag are very important for planet formation.
Protoplanets are formed out of collisions with kilometersized or larger bodies called planetesimals. While protoplanets grow, e and i of planetesimals are determined by the Hill radius of the protoplanets, and their e and i are smaller than 0.3 unless the protoplanets are greater than ten Earth masses (see equation 15 of Kobayashi et al. 2010). Therefore, AHN derived formulae of \(\dot a\), \(\dot e\), and \(\dot i\) due to gas drag for a body with low e≲0.3 and i≪0.1. However, e and i may possibly increase when more massive planets are formed. Indeed, in the solar system, some comets, asteroids, and Kuiper belt objects have very high e and i (e.g., Kobayashi et al. 2005). In addition, if inclined and eccentric orbits of irregular satellites around Jovian planets are originated from captures due to interaction with circumplanetary disks (e.g., Fujita et al. 2013), these captured bodies with high e and i evolve their orbits in the disks. Therefore, analytic formulae for \(\dot a\), \(\dot e\), and \(\dot i\) for bodies with high e and i are helpful for the analysis of small bodies in the late stage of planet formation.
In this paper, I first introduce a model for gaseous disks such as protoplanetary and circumplanetary disks, and then, I revisit the derivation of Adachi et al. (1976) for the analytic formulae of \(\dot a\), \(\dot e\), and \(\dot i\). Next, I derive \(\dot a\), \(\dot e\), and \(\dot i\) for bodies with high e and/or high i. By combining these limited solutions, I construct approximate formulae for \(\dot a\), \(\dot e\), and \(\dot i\), which are applicable for all e and i unless e≥1 or i>π−H/a. Lastly, I discuss the orbital evolution of satellites captured by circumplanetary disks using the derived analytic formulae for \(\dot a\), \(\dot e\), and \(\dot i\).
Nebula disk model and gas drag law
In Equation (2), the terms of (z ^{4}/r ^{4}) and higher are ignored. This treatment is valid even for investigation of the gas drag effect on highly inclined orbits because the gas drag (and the nebula gas) is negligible at a high altitude (z≫H).
where C _{D} is the dimensionless gas drag coefficient, u is the relative velocity vector between the body and the gas, u=∣u∣, and A=C _{D} π d ^{2}/2m. Although C _{D} depends on Mach number M and Reynolds number Re, C _{D} is a constant for high Re (\(d \gtrsim 1\) km in the minimummass solar nebula) or for M≫1 (e or i is much larger than H/a) (AHN).
General expressions for the change in a, e, and i
where T _{K}=2π(a ^{3}/G M _{∗})^{1/2} is the Keplerian period. The same averaging is taken for e and i.
Case of low e,i, and η
For e,i≪1, Adachi et al. 1976 derived the averaged changes in a, e, and i for three cases, (i) η≫e,i, (ii) i≫e,η, and (iii) e≫i,η, and summed up the leading terms for these cases.
This method was used to treat u in Equations (5) to (7) analytically: The assumptions simplify as u≈η+(e/2) cosf in case (i), u≈i∣ cos(f+ω)∣ in case (ii), and \(u \approx e \sqrt {1 (3/4) \cos ^{2} f} + (\eta /2) \cos f \sqrt {1 (3/4) \cos ^{2} f}\) in case (iii). Other terms are also simplified, such as ρ=ρ _{0}(1+α ^{′} e cosf). Then, the terms are easily averaged over the orbital period by Equation (10).
where K=2.157 and E=1.211 are the first and second complete elliptic integrals of argument \(\sqrt {3/4}\), respectively, and τ _{0}=(A ρ _{0} v _{ K })^{−1} is the stopping time due to gas drag for u=v _{K}. Note that I corrected an error in the factor of the η ^{2} term for \(\dot e\) in Adachi et al. (1976), which was pointed out by Kary et al. (1993).
Case of high eccentricity and low inclination
The dependences of \(\dot a\) and \(\dot e\) on f are seen in the integral Ψ, while a term proportional to sin2f sin2ω in \(\dot i\) vanishes by the orbital averaging because of an odd function of f.
The integrals of Ψ, Φ _{1}, and Φ _{2} are functions of α−β. In the minimummass solar nebular model, α−β is 5/4, and then, Ψ=0.79, Φ _{1}=0.71, and Φ _{2}=−0.16.
The e dependences in these formulae are applicable for e>0.9 as shown in Figure 1. Although the effective range of these formulae is limited, the e dependences improve the high e parts in Equations (11) to (13) as shown below.
Case of high inclination
For this derivation, Ω _{gas}=Ω _{K}, since the relative velocity is mainly determined by inclination.
where H=H(a). Using this, Equations (20) to (22) are integrated around the ascending node, which results in the averaged variation rates of a, e, and i in half an orbit.
Combined equations
These formulae are given in a very simple way, but they are in good agreement with the results of orbital integration if i<H/2a (see Figures 1, 2 and 3).
where MIN(D,E) is the smaller of D and E.
In the intermediate i, the formulae tend to deviate from the right values but the accuracies are within a factor of 1.5 (see Figures 1, 2 and 3). It should be noted that these formulae are not applicable to the case of i>π−H/a where a body experiences gas drag with relative velocity ∼v _{K} not only around the nodes but also for a whole orbit.
Application to captured satellites
Jovian planets have many satellites, which may be formed in circumplanetary disks. Satellites close to planets mainly have circular and coplanar orbits and may be formed in the disks. However, distant satellites tend to have inclined orbits. Here, I discuss the possibility of the capture of satellites in the disks because the formulae for \(\dot a\), \(\dot e\), and \(\dot i\) that I derive in this paper are applicable to bodies with high e and i.
Orbital evolution of bodies with high e is predicted from these analytic formulae. When a body is captured by gas drag in a circumplanetary disk, e of the captured body is approximately 1. For e>0.9, \(\dot e/e\) and \(\dot a/a\) are very large. Variation rate of the pericenter distance q is much smaller than those of a and e. Indeed, \(\dot q = (1e) \dot a  a \dot e\) is estimated to be zero in Equations (14) and (15). The result is caused by the neglect of the higher terms of (1−e ^{2}), and these higher (1−e ^{2}) terms give \(\dot q/q\) a positive value but \(\dot q/q\) is much smaller than \(\dot a/a\) and \(\dot e/e\). Therefore, the orbital evolution occurs along with almost constant q. With decreasing e, the orbital evolution changes. Since \(\dot a/a\) becomes smaller than \(\dot e/e\) for e<0.5 to 0.6, e decreases with almost constant a. Once e≪η, \(\dot a\) becomes dominant for the orbital evolution; the body drifts to the host planet in the timescale of τ _{0}/2η ^{2}.
Inclination decreases during the full capture by gas drag, which is estimated as \(C_{2}(i) = [\!(\langle \dot i \rangle /i) (e / \langle \dot e\rangle)]_{e=1}\) in Figure 4. The initial inclination is damped during capture for 20°< i < 30°, while inclinations remain high after capture for other i.
where M _{p} is the host planet mass. Since the dissipation processes of circumplanetary disks are not clear yet (Fujii et al. 2014), it is difficult to discuss the dissipation timescale. However, the dissipation timescale needed to form highinclination satellites seems too short. Therefore, the capture of highinclination satellites might have occurred in the timescale estimated in Equation (40) before the disk dissipation and the resulting satellites tend to have retrograde orbits (see Figure 4).
Summary

I have derived \(\dot a\), \(\dot e\), and \(\dot i\) for e>0.9 and i<H/2a (Equations 14 to 16) and for i>2H/a (Equations 30 to 32). In addition, I have modified the formulae derived by AHN; Equations (11) to (13) are valid for e<0.2 and i<H/2a, where H is the disk scale height.

I have combined the formulae in the limited cases and have constructed approximate formulae for \(\dot a\), \(\dot e\), and \(\dot i\) (Equations 30 to 38), which are applicable unless e≥1 or i>π−H/a.

Using these formulae, I have discussed the orbital evolution of satellites captured by a circumplanetary disk. Highinclination satellites are formed if the bodies are captured in approximately 10^{4} years before the disk dissipation.
Declarations
Acknowledgements
I acknowledge the useful discussion with K. Nakazawa, S. Ida, H. Emori, and H. Tanaka to derive the analytic solutions. I thank the reviewers for their comments that improved this manuscript. I gratefully acknowledge support from GrantinAid for Scientific Research (B) (26287101).
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