A LIKELY CLOSE-IN LOW-MASS STELLAR COMPANION TO THE TRANSITIONAL DISK STAR HD 142527

Beth Biller*, Sylvestre Lacour, Attila Juhasz, Myriam Benisty, Gael Chauvin, Johan Olofsson, Joerg-Uwe Pott, Andre Mueller, Aurora Sicilia-Aguilar, Mickael Bonnefoy, Peter Tuthill, Philippe Thebault, Thomas Henning, Aurelien Crida

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Abstract

With the uniquely high contrast within 0 ''.1 (Delta mag(L') = 5-6.5 mag) available using Sparse Aperture Masking with NACO at Very Large Telescope, we detected asymmetry in the flux from the Herbig Fe star HD 142527 with a barycenter emission situated at a projected separation of 88 +/- 5 mas (12.8 +/- 1.5 AU at 145 pc) and flux ratios in H, K, and L' of 0.016 +/- 0.007, 0.012 +/- 0.008, and 0.0086 +/- 0.0011, respectively (3 sigma errors), relative to the primary star and disk. After extensive closure-phase modeling, we interpret this detection as a close-in, low-mass stellar companion with an estimated mass of similar to 0.1-0.4 M-circle dot. HD 142527 has a complex disk structure, with an inner gap imaged in both the near and mid-IR as well as a spiral feature in the outer disk in the near-IR. This newly detected low-mass stellar companion may provide a critical explanation of the observed disk structure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number38
Number of pages5
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Volume753
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2012

Keywords

  • brown dwarfs
  • circumstellar matter
  • planetary systems
  • stars: emission-line, Be
  • stars: low-mass
  • HERBIG AE/BE STARS
  • MAIN-SEQUENCE STARS
  • CIRCUMBINARY DISCS
  • APERTURE MASKING
  • PLANET FORMATION
  • EVOLUTION
  • REGIONS
  • IMAGES
  • LINE

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