Title

51 ophiuchus: A possible beta pictoris analog measured with the keck interferometer nuller

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2009

Abstract

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.

Publication Name

Astrophysical Journal

Volume Number

703

First Page

1188

Last Page

1197

Issue Number

2

DOI

10.1088/0004-637X/703/2/1188

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