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ID: 660938.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
Kinematics of ionized gas at 0.01 AU of TW Hya
Authors:Goto, M.; Carmona, A.; Linz, H.; Stecklum, B.; Henning, T.; Meeus, G.; Usuda, T.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2012
Journal Abbrev.:The Astrophysical Journal
Issue / Number:1
Start Page:id. 6
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:We report two-dimensional spectroastrometry of Brγ emission of TW Hya to study the kinematics of the ionized gas in the star-disk interface region. The spectroastrometry with the integral field spectrograph SINFONI at the Very Large Telescope is sensitive to the positional offset of the line emission down to the physical scale of the stellar diameter (~0.01 AU). The centroid of Brγ emission is displaced to the north with respect to the central star at the blue side of the emission line, and to the south at the red side. The major axis of the centroid motion is P.A. = -20°, which is nearly equal to the major axis of the protoplanetary disk projected on the sky, previously reported by CO submillimeter spectroscopy (P.A. = -27°). The line-of-sight motion of the Brγ emission, in which the northern side of the disk is approaching toward us, is also consistent with the direction of the disk rotation known from the CO observation. The agreement implies that the kinematics of Brγ emission is accounted for by the ionized gas in the inner edge of the disk. A simple modeling of the astrometry, however, indicates that the accretion inflow similarly well reproduces the centroid displacements of Brγ, but only if the position angles of the centroid motion and the projected disk ellipse are a chance coincidence. No clear evidence of disk wind is found. Based on data collected by SINFONI observations [79.C-0559(B)] at the VLT on Cerro Paranal (Chile), which is operated by the European Southern Observatory (ESO).
Free Keywords:circumstellar matter; protoplanetary disks; stars: activity; stars: formation; stars: individual: TW Hya; stars: pre-main sequence; techniques: high angular resolution
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
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