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Title: Resolved imaging of the HR 8799 Debris disk with Herschel

We present Herschel far-infrared and submillimeter maps of the debris disk associated with the HR 8799 planetary system. We resolve the outer disk emission at 70, 100, 160, and 250 μm and detect the disk at 350 and 500 μm. A smooth model explains the observed disk emission well. We observe no obvious clumps or asymmetries associated with the trapping of planetesimals that is a potential consequence of planetary migration in the system. We estimate that the disk eccentricity must be <0.1. As in previous work by Su et al., we find a disk with three components: a warm inner component and two outer components, a planetesimal belt extending from 100 to 310 AU, with some flexibility (±10 AU) on the inner edge, and the external halo that extends to ∼2000 AU. We measure the disk inclination to be 26° ± 3° from face-on at a position angle of 64° E of N, establishing that the disk is coplanar with the star and planets. The spectral energy distribution of the disk is well fit by blackbody grains whose semi-major axes lie within the planetesimal belt, suggesting an absence of small grains. The wavelength at which the spectrum steepens from blackbody,more » 47 ± 30 μm, however, is short compared with other A star debris disks, suggesting that there are atypically small grains likely populating the halo. The PACS longer wavelength data yield a lower disk color temperature than do MIPS data (24 and 70 μm), implying two distinct halo dust-grain populations.« less
Authors:
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  1. National Research Council of Canada Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophsyics, 5071 W. Saanich Road, Victoria, BC, V9E 2E7 (Canada)
  2. Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA (United Kingdom)
  3. SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, P.O. Box 800, NL-9700 AV Groningen (Netherlands)
  4. Lawrence Livermore National Labs, 7000 East Ave, Livermore, CA 94550 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22348312
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 780; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ASYMMETRY; COLOR; DUSTS; EMISSION; ENERGY SPECTRA; FAR INFRARED RADIATION; FLEXIBILITY; INCLINATION; MAPS; PERTURBED ANGULAR CORRELATION; PLANETS; STARS; TRAPPING; WAVELENGTHS