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Planetesimals Around V536 AQLThe pre-main sequence star V536 Aql, classified as a K7 classical T Tauri star by Cohen & Kuhi has been resolved, by high angular resolution near-infrared speckle observations, as a close binary (0.52 sec separation at 17 deg) surrounded by extended structures. These structures seen, both in the July 1993 and April 1994 observations, are not at the same position in the reconstructed image and do not present exactly the same shape at both times. Although it is unlikely that the presence of these structures is due to seeing calibration problems, the exact shape might be affected by it. We cannot presently make a final interpretation of the observations but can formulate different possibilities: the 'circumstellar' material seen in our images can be an independent cloud, or simply gas or dust, in front of the system on our line of sight, but close enough to still be illuminated by the binary; this material may be 'by chance' there or be a remnant of the material in which the star was born. We propose a model to explain the position variation of the extended structures. New observations are under reduction and should help to determine the exact value of this motion. At their distance from the star, motions of the extended matter would correspond to velocities much higher than the Kepler velocities. To explain this, we have developed a model based on a 'torch-light' effect. The possibility that the observed elongated structures belong to a circumstellar or circumbinary disk are discussed.
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Ames Research Center
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Conference Paper
Ageorges, N.
(European Southern Observatory Garching, Germany)
Duschl, W. J.
(Max-Planck-Inst. fuer Radioastronomie Bonn, Germany)
Date Acquired
August 17, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1996
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Publication: From Stardust to Planetesimals: Contributed Papers
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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