Monday, July 8, 2013

1307.1622 (Antonio Garufi et al.)

Can a planet explain different cavity sizes for small and large dust grains in transition disks?    [PDF]

Antonio Garufi, Henning Avenhaus, Sascha Patrick Quanz
Dissimilarities in the spatial distribution of small (micron-size) and large (millimeter-size) dust grains at the cavity edge of transition disks have been recently pointed out and are now under debate. We obtained VLT-NACO near-IR polarimetric observations of SAO 206462 (HD135344B). The disk around the star shows very complex structures, such as dips and spirals. We also find an inner cavity much smaller than what inferred from sub-mm images. The interaction between disk and orbiting companion(s) may explain this discrepancy.
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