Supercomputer Research Helps Understand Planet-forming Gases

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Many newly formed stars are surrounded by what are called protoplanetary disks, swirling masses of warm dust and gas that may potentially become celestial bodies such as planets and asteroids. Just how they make this transformation will remain a mystery until researchers can get a grasp on the disordered movement that characterizes the disks’ gases. A team of researchers is using the supercomputer, Kraken, to understand the nature of the gases. Kraken is housed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and managed by UT’s National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS). For the complete story, visit the NICS website.

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