Uma Gorti

Uma Gorti
Research Scientist
Curriculum Vitae: 

Uma Gorti joined the SETI Institute's Carl Sagan Center in 2008 as a Principal Investigator and is mainly interested in star and planet formation. She is currently working on understanding how planet-forming disks evolve, and is developing models that one day will be compared with future observations to be taken by the Herschel, SOFIA, JWST, ALMA and other telescopes. Such studies will help us understand the conditions under which planets form and the likelihood of planet formation, and hence life, in different star forming environments.

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Photoevaporation and Viscous Evolution in Protoplanetary Disks

A study of the evaporation of protoplanetary disks at the same time more material is accreting onto the disk.

Multiwavelength Studies of Gaseous Protoplanetary Disks

A study of the evolution of gaseous protoplanetary disks using gas line emission, and the estimation of disk dispersal times.

Evolution and Dispersal of Protoplanetary Gas Disks

An analysis of how planetary disks evolve and their capacity to form planets, including a method for estimating disk lifetimes. We thus determine the range of stellar and disk properties that are conducive to the formation of planetary systems, and therefore, to the origin of life.