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2010ApJ...714.1386F - Astrophys. J., 714, 1386-1397 (2010/May-2)

Strengthening the case for asteroidal accretion: evidence for subtle and diverse disks at white dwarfs.


Abstract (from CDS):

Spitzer Space Telescope IRAC 3-8 µm and AKARI IRC 2-4 µm photometry are reported for 10 white dwarfs with photospheric heavy elements; nine relatively cool stars with photospheric calcium and one hotter star with a peculiar high carbon abundance. A substantial infrared excess is detected at HE 2221-1630, while modest excess emissions are identified at HE 0106-3253 and HE 0307+0746, implying these latter two stars have relatively narrow (Δr < 0.1 R ) rings of circumstellar dust. A likely 7.9 µm excess is found at PG 1225-079 and may represent, together with G166-58, a sub-class of dust ring with a large inner hole. The existence of attenuated disks at white dwarfs substantiates the connection between their photospheric heavy elements and the accretion of disrupted minor planets, indicating many polluted white dwarfs may harbor orbiting dust, even those lacking an obvious infrared excess.

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Journal keyword(s): circumstellar matter - minor planets, asteroids: general - planetary systems - stars: abundances - white dwarfs

Simbad objects: 26

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