Saturday, December 26, 2015

HD141569A's Protoplanetary Disk is Dissipating

HD141569A: disk dissipation caught in action


Péricaud et al


Debris disks are usually thought to be gas-poor, the gas being dissipated by accretion or evaporation during the protoplanetary phase. HD141569A is a 5 Myr old star harboring a famous debris disk, with multiple rings and spiral features. We present here the first PdBI maps of the 12CO(2-1), 13CO(2-1) gas and dust emission at 1.3 mm in this disk. The analysis reveals there is still a large amount of (primordial) gas extending out to 250 au, i. e. inside the rings observed in scattered light. HD141569A is thus a hybrid disk with a huge debris component, where dust has evolved and is produced by collisions, with a large remnant reservoir of gas.

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