Composition of Planet-forming Materials Around Low-Mass Stars

Planets form in disks of gas and dust around young stars. But how do the properties of the host star affect the planet-forming materials that surround it? In this project, we aim to simulate the chemical evolution of pre-planetary materials around a variety of low-mass stars. By exploring the range of gas and dust compositions around different stars, we can better understand the initial conditions needed to form the planets that we see today—both in our own solar system and in extrasolar planetary systems across the galaxy.