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ID: 710206.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
The extraordinary far-infrared variation of a protostar: Herschel/PACS observations of LRLL54361
Authors:Balog, Z.; Muzerolle, J.; Flaherty, K.; Detre, Ö. H.; Bouwmann, J.; Furlan, E.; Gutermuth, R.; Juhasz, A.; Bally, J.; Nielbock, M.; Klaas, U.; Krause, O.; Henning, T.; Marton, G.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2014
Title of Journal:The Astrophysical Journal Letters
Issue / Number:2
Start Page:id. L38 (5 pp)
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:We report Herschel/Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS) photometric observations at 70 mum and 160 mum of LRLL54361---a suspected binary protostar that exhibits periodic (P = 25.34 days) flux variations at shorter wavelengths (3.6 mum and 4.5 mum) thought to be due to pulsed accretion caused by binary motion. The PACS observations show unprecedented flux variation at these far-infrared wavelengths that are well correlated with the variations at shorter wavelengths. At 70 mum the object increases its flux by a factor of six while at 160 mum the change is about a factor of two, consistent with the wavelength dependence seen in the far-infrared spectra. The source is marginally resolved at 70 mum with varying FWHM. Deconvolved images of the sources show elongations exactly matching the outflow cavities traced by the scattered light observations. The spatial variations are anti-correlated with the flux variation, indicating that a light echo is responsible for the changes in FWHM. The observed far-infrared flux variability indicates that the disk and envelope of this source is periodically heated by the accretion pulses of the central source, and suggests that such long wavelength variability in general may provide a reasonable proxy for accretion variations in protostars. Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA.
Free Keywords:infrared: stars; stars: formation; stars: individual: LRLL54361; stars: protostars; stars: variables: general
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
Identifiers:ISSN:0004-637X %R 10.1088/2041-8205/789/2/L38
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