Astrophys. J., 871, 173-173 (2019/February-1)
Water and OH emission from the inner disk of a Herbig Ae/Be star.
ADAMS S.C., ADAMKOVICS M., CARR J.S., NAJITA J.R. and BRITTAIN S.D.
Abstract (from CDS):
We report the detection of hot H2O and OH emission from the Herbig Ae/Be star HD 101412 using the Cryogenic Infrared Echelle Spectrograph on the Very Large Telescope. Previous studies of Herbig Ae/Be stars have shown the presence of OH around some of these sources, but H2O has proven more elusive. While marginal water emission has been reported in the mid-infrared, and a few Herbig Ae/Be stars show water emission in the far-infrared, water emission near 2.9 µm has not been previously detected. We apply slab models to the rovibrational OH, H2O, and CO spectra of this source and show that the molecules are consistent with being cospatial. We discuss the possibility that the detection of the CO overtone bandhead emission, detection of water emission, and the large line to continuum contrast of the OH lines may be connected to its high inclination and the λ Boo nature of this star. If the low abundance of refractories results from the selective accretion of gas relative to dust, the inner disk of HD 101412 should be strongly dust-depleted, allowing us to probe deeper columns of molecular gas in the disk, enhancing its molecular emission. Our detection of C- and O-bearing molecules from the inner disk of HD 101412 is consistent with the expected presence, in this scenario, of abundant volatiles in the accreting gas.
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circumstellar matter - molecular processes - protoplanetary disks - stars: individual: HD 101412 - stars: pre-main sequence
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