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1996A&AS..120..229R - Astron. Astrophys., Suppl. Ser., 120, 229-256 (1996/December-1)

Hα emission in pre-main sequence stars. I. An atlas of line profiles.


Abstract (from CDS):

We present an atlas of very high resolution (R∼50000) Hα line profiles of 63 pre-main sequence stars, divided among 43 T Tauri stars, 18 Herbig Ae/Be stars, and 2 FU Orionis objects. Hα emission is the most common and prominent spectroscopic feature of pre-main sequence stars, and although it is optically very thick it is still the most frequently modelled emission line in young stars. In T Tauri stars the principal models involve magnetically driven winds, and more recently the role of infalling magnetospheric material has been explored. For Herbig Ae/Be stars a variety of models have been proposed, current emphasis is directed towards obscuration by clumpy circumstellar disk structures. In order to provide constraints on such models, we have made a statistical analysis of the 63 high resolution profiles. We here ignore the considerable variability of the Hα emission, which is discussed in detail in a second paper. Most of our observed lines show complex profiles due to an interplay between emission and absorption features, and we suggest a two-dimensional classification scheme to describe these line profiles, based on the relative height of a secondary peak to the primary peak, as well as whether the absorption is blue- or red-shifted. Among T Tauri stars, 25% have symmetric profiles, 49% have blueshifted absorption dips, and 5% have P Cygni profiles; the remaining 21% show a variety of redshifted absorptions. For Herbig Ae/Be stars symmetric lines are quite rare (11%), indeed almost all of these stars have deep and prominent central absorptions. We have measured the extent of the line wings for all of our stars at the Imax/40 level, and find that almost all have very extended wings, with typical extents of ±350km/s, but in high S/N spectra the wings can be traced to lower intensities, and velocities as high as ±900km/s have been observed. Pronounced asymmetries of these extended wings are found for many stars, suggesting the possibility that the highest velocity material could be non-uniformly distributed. The equivalent widths of the Hα emission in our sample of stars span two orders of magnitude, with a distribution that increases with decreasing equivalent width.

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Journal keyword(s): line: profiles - atlases - circumstellar matter - stars: emission-line - stars: pre-main sequence

Nomenclature: Table 1: ESO-HA NNN (No. 300) added.

Simbad objects: 65

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