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2000ApJ...534..838N - Astrophys. J., 534, 838-845 (2000/May-2)

Silicate emission in T Tauri stars: evidence for disk atmospheres ?


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We present low-resolution mid-infrared spectra of nine classical T Tauri stars associated with the Chamaeleon I dark cloud. The data were obtained with the PHOT-S instrument on board the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) in the two wavelength ranges 2.5-4.9 and 5.9-11.7 µm. All nine stars show evidence of silicate emission at 10 µm, which is the only prominent feature in the spectra. We discuss a model for the origin of these features in a hot, optically thin surface layer of the circumstellar disks surrounding the central young stars (i.e., a disk atmosphere). We report excellent agreement of our observations with predictions based upon this simple model for most stars in our sample, assuming that a mixture of amorphous silicates of radius ≲1 µm is the dominant source of opacity. These observations support the notion that extended disk atmospheres contribute substantially to the mid-infrared flux of young stars.

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Journal keyword(s): Stars: Circumstellar Matter - ISM: Dust, Extinction - Infrared Radiation - Stars: Pre-Main-Sequence

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