Disks in transition in the Taurus population: Spitzer irs spectra of GM aurigae and DM tauri

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We present Spitzer Infrared Spectrograph (IRS) observations of two objects of the Taurus population that show unambiguous signs of clearing in their inner disks. In one of the objects, DM Tau, the outer disk is truncated at 3 AU; this object is akin to another recently reported in Taurus, CoKu Tau/4, in that the inner disk region is free of small dust. Unlike CoKu Tau/4, however, this star is still accreting, so optically thin gas should still remain in the inner disk region. The other object, GM Aur, also accreting, has ∼0.02 lunar masses of small dust in the inner disk region within ∼5 AU, consistent with previous reports. However, the IRS spectrum clearly shows that the optically thick outer disk has an inner truncation at a much larger radius than previously suggested, ∼24 AU. These observations provide strong evidence for the presence of gaps in protoplanetary disks. © 2005. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

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Astrophysical Journal

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2 II



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