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Title: THE STRUCTURE OF THE EVOLVED CIRCUMBINARY DISK AROUND V4046 Sgr

We present sensitive, sub-arcsecond resolution Submillimeter Array observations of the protoplanetary disk around the nearby, pre-main sequence spectroscopic binary V4046 Sgr. We report for the first time a large inner hole (r = 29 AU) spatially resolved in the 1.3 mm continuum emission and study the structure of this disk using radiative transfer calculations to model the spectral energy distribution, continuum visibilities, and spectral line emission of CO and its main isotopologues. Our modeling scheme demonstrates that the majority of the dust mass is distributed in a narrow ring (centered at 37 AU with a FWHM of 16 AU) that is ∼5× more compact than the gas disk. This structure implies that the dust-to-gas mass ratio has a strong spatial variation, ranging from a value much larger than typical of the interstellar medium (ISM) at the ring to much smaller than that of the ISM at larger disk radii. We suggest that these basic structural features are potentially observational signatures of the accumulation of solids at a local gas pressure maximum. These models also require a substantial population of ∼μm sized grains inside the central disk cavity. We suggest that this structure is likely the result of dynamical interactions withmore » a low-mass companion, although photoevaporation may also play a secondary role.« less
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States)
  2. Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, 54 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623 (United States)
  3. Department of Astronomy, University of Michigan, 830 Dennison Bldg, 500 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22270876
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 775; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ASTRONOMY; ASTROPHYSICS; BINARY STARS; CARBON MONOXIDE; COSMIC DUST; ENERGY SPECTRA; MAIN SEQUENCE STARS; MASS; PLANETS; POTENTIALS; PROTOPLANETS; RADIANT HEAT TRANSFER; RESOLUTION; VARIATIONS; VISIBILITY