SIMBAD references

2005ApJ...627L.149D - Astrophys. J., 627, L149-L152 (2005/July-2)

X-ray diagnostics of grain depletion in matter accreting onto T Tauri stars.


Abstract (from CDS):

Recent analysis of high-resolution Chandra X-ray spectra has shown that the Ne/O abundance ratio is remarkably constant in stellar coronae. Based on this result, we point out the utility of the Ne/O ratio as a discriminant for accretion-related X-rays from T Tauri stars and for probing the measure of grain depletion of the accreting material in the inner disk. We apply the Ne/O diagnostic to the classical T Tauri stars BP Tau and TW Hya–the two stars found to date whose X-ray emission appears to originate, at least in part, from accretion activity. We show that TW Hya appears to be accreting material that is significantly depleted in O relative to Ne. In contrast, BP Tau has an Ne/O abundance ratio consistent with that observed for post-T Tauri stars. We interpret this result in terms of the different ages and evolutionary states of the circumstellar disks of these stars. In the young BP Tau disk (age ∼0.6 Myr), dust is still present near the disk corotation radius and can be ionized and accreted, rereleasing elements depleted onto grains. In the more evolved TW Hya disk (age ∼10 Myr), evidence points to ongoing coagulation of grains into much larger bodies, and possibly planets, that can resist the drag of inward-migrating gas, and the accreting gas is consequently depleted of grain-forming elements.:

Abstract Copyright:

Journal keyword(s): Stars: Circumstellar Matter - Stars: Formation - Stars: Individual: Constellation Name: BP Tauri - Stars: Individual: Constellation Name: TW Hydrae - X-Rays: Stars

Simbad objects: 8

goto Full paper

goto View the reference in ADS

To bookmark this query, right click on this link: simbad:2005ApJ...627L.149D and select 'bookmark this link' or equivalent in the popup menu


© Université de Strasbourg/CNRS

    • Contact