Gas Evolution in Inner Disk Cavities from a Synergic Analysis of IR-CO and UV-H2 Spectra




Sanchez, Michael A.
Banzatti, Andrea
Hoadley, Keri
France, Kevin
Bruderer, Simon

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American Astronomical Society


We are conducting a multi-wavelength analysis of high-resolution molecular spectra that probe the evolution of gas in the inner 10 au in protoplanetary disks. A sample of 15 disks has been combined to probe a range of inner disk structures including small and large dust cavities. Half of the sample has been observed in far-ultraviolet H2 emission with a new HST-COS program (GO-14703), that we have combined to near-infrared spectra of CO emission as observed with VLT-CRIRES and IRTF-iSHELL. This synergic dataset traces the evolution and depletion of CO and H2 in inner disk cavities and shows an evolving radial stratification of the molecular gas, where CO lines are narrower than H2 lines in disks with cavities. CO rotation diagrams also show significant evolution, suggesting a change in gas excitation as CO emission recedes to larger disk radii.



protoplanetary disks, molecular spectroscopy, exoplanet formation, circumstellar disks, near infrared astronomy, ultraviolet astronomy, molecular gas, pre-main sequence stars, Physics


Sánchez, M. A., Banzatti, A., Hoadley, K., France, K., & Bruderer, S. (2021). Gas evolution in inner disk cavities from a synergic analysis of IR-CO and UV-H2 spectra. Research Notes of the AAS, 5(4).


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