51 ophiuchus: A possible beta pictoris analog measured with the keck interferometer nuller
We present observations of the 51 Ophiuchi circumstellar disk made with the Keck interferometer operating in nulling mode at N band. We model these data simultaneously with VLTI-MIDI visibility data and a Spitzer IRS spectrum using a variety of optically thin dust cloud models and an edge-on optically thick disk model. We find that single-component optically thin disk models and optically thick disk models are inadequate to reproduce the observations, but an optically thin two-component disk model can reproduce all of the major spectral and interferometric features. Our preferred disk model consists of an inner disk of blackbody grains extending to 4 AU and an outer disk of small silicate grains extending out to 1200 AU. Our model is consistent with an inner "birth" disk of continually colliding parent bodies producing an extended envelope of ejected small grains. This picture resembles the disks around Vega, AU Microscopii, and β Pictoris, supporting the idea that 51 Ophiuchius may be a β Pictoris analog. © 2009. The American Astronomical Society.
Stark, Christopher C.; Kuchner, Marc J.; Traub, Wesley A.; Monnier, John D.; Serabyn, Eugene; Colavita, Mark; Koresko, Chris; Mennesson, Bertrand; and Keller, Luke D., "51 ophiuchus: A possible beta pictoris analog measured with the keck interferometer nuller" (2009). Faculty Articles Indexed in Scopus. 1632.