Stability of dusty rings in protoplanetary discs

Kevin Chan*, Sijme Jan Paardekooper

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Dust rings in protoplanetary discs are often observed in thermal dust emission and could be fa v ourable environments for planet formation. While dust rings readily form in gas pressure maxima, their long-term stability is key to both their observability and potential to assist in planet formation. We investigate the stability of the dust ring generated by interactions of a protoplanetary disc with a Neptune-sized planet and consider its possible long-term evolution using the FARGO3D Multifluid code. We look at the onset of the Rossby Wave Instability (RWI) and compare how the addition of dust in a disc can alter the stability of the gas phase. We find that with the addition of dust, the rings generated by planet-disc interactions are more prone to RWI and can cause the gas phase to become unstable. The instability is shown to occur more easily for higher Stokes number dust, as it accumulates into a more narrow ring which triggers the RWI, while the initial dust fraction plays a more minor role in the stability properties. We show that the dusty RWI generates vortices that collect dust in their cores, which could be sites for further planetesimal formation. We conclude that the addition of dust can cause a ring in a protoplanetary disc to become more prone to instability leading to a different long-term evolution compared to gas-only simulations of the RWI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5904-5923
Number of pages20
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2024


We thank Francesco Lovascio for useful discussions that contributed to this work. This work was performed using the DiRAC Data Intensive service at Leicester, operated by the University of Leicester IT Services, which forms part of the STFC DiRAC HPC Facility ( ). The equipment was funded by BEIS capital funding via STFC capital grants ST/K000373/1 and ST/R002363/1 and STFC DiRAC Operations grant ST/R001014/1. DiRAC is part of the National e-Infrastructure. KC is funded by an STFC studentship.


  • hydrodynamics
  • methods: numerical
  • protoplanetary discs


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