Polarimetric imaging of large cavity structures in the pre-transitional protoplanetary disk around PDS 70: Observations of the disk

J. Hashimoto, R. Dong, T. Kudo, M. Honda, M. K. McClure, Z. Zhu, T. Muto, J. Wisniewski, L. Abe, W. Brandner, T. Brandt, J. Carson, S. Egner, M. Feldt, M. Fukagawa, M. Goto, C. A. Grady, O. Guyon, Y. Hayano, M. HayashiS. Hayashi, T. Henning, K. Hodapp, M. Ishii, M. Iye, M. Janson, R. Kandori, G. Knapp, N. Kusakabe, M. Kuzuhara, J. Kwon, T. Matsuo, S. Mayama, M. W. McElwain, S. Miyama, J. I. Morino, A. Moro-Martin, T. Nishimura, T. S. Pyo, G. Serabyn, T. Suenaga, H. Suto, R. Suzuki, Y. Takahashi, M. Takami, N. Takato, H. Terada, C. Thalmann, D. Tomono, E. L. Turner, M. Watanabe, T. Yamada, H. Takami, T. Usuda, M. Tamura

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We present high-resolution H-band polarized intensity (FWHM = 0″.1: 14AU) and L′-band imaging data (FWHM = 0″.11: 15AU) of the circumstellar disk around the weak-lined T Tauri star PDS 70 in Centaurus at a radial distance of 28AU (0″.2) up to 210AU (1″.5). In both images, a giant inner gap is clearly resolved for the first time, and the radius of the gap is ∼70AU. Our data show that the geometric center of the disk shifts by ∼6AU toward the minor axis. We confirm that the brown dwarf companion candidate to the north of PDS 70 is a background star based on its proper motion. As a result of spectral energy distribution fitting by Monte Carlo radiative transfer modeling, we infer the existence of an optically thick inner disk at a fewAU. Combining our observations and modeling, we classify the disk of PDS 70 as a pre-transitional disk. Furthermore, based on the analysis of L′-band imaging data, we put an upper limit of ∼30 to ∼50 M J on the mass of companions within the gap. Taking into account the presence of the large and sharp gap, we suggest that the gap could be formed by dynamical interactions of sub-stellar companions or multiple unseen giant planets in the gap.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberL19
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct 10


  • planetary systems
  • polarization
  • protoplanetary disks
  • stars: individual (PDS 70)
  • stars: pre-main sequence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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