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2000MNRAS.319..337C - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 319, 337-349 (2000/December-1)

Polarization models of young stellar objects - II. Linear and circular polarimetry of R Coronae Australis.


Abstract (from CDS):

Near-infrared linear imaging polarimetry of the young stellar objects R CrA and T CrA in the J, H and Kn bands, and circular imaging polarimetry in the H band, is presented. The data are modelled with the Clark and McCall scattering model. The R CrA and T CrA system is shown to be a particularly complex scattering environment. In the case of R CrA there is evidence that the wavelength dependence of polarization changes across the nebula. MRN dust grain models do not explain this behaviour. Depolarization by line emission is considered as an alternative explanation. The dust grain properties could also be changing across the nebula.

Although surrounded by reflection nebulosity, there is a region of particularly low polarization surrounding R CrA that is best modelled by the canonical bipolar outflow being truncated by an evacuated spherical cavity surrounding the star. The symmetry axis of the nebula appears inclined by 50° to the plane of the sky.

The H-band circular polarimetry of R CrA clearly shows a quadrupolar structure of positive and negative degrees of circular polarization that reach peak magnitudes of ∼5per cent within our limited map. It is shown that spherical MRN grains are incapable of producing this circular polarization given the observed linear polarization of the R CrA system. Instead, scattering from aligned non-spherical grains is proposed as the operating mechanism.

T CrA is a more archetypical bipolar reflection nebula, and this object is modelled as a canonical parabolic reflection nebula that lies in the plane of the sky. The wavelength independence of linear polarization in the T CrA reflection nebula suggests that the scattering particles are Rayleigh sized. This is modelled with the MRN interstellar grain size distribution.

Abstract Copyright: 2000, Royal Astronomical Society

Journal keyword(s): stars: formation - stars: individual: R CrA - stars: individual: T CrA - stars: pre-main-sequence - ISM: individual: NGC 6729 - reflection nebulae

Nomenclature: Fig.4: [CMC2000b] A (Nos A-F).

Simbad objects: 23

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