Title

GW Ori: Interactions between a Triple-star System and Its Circumtriple Disk in Action

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-21-2020

Publication Title

Astrophysical Journal Letters

Volume

895

Issue

1

First page number:

1

Last page number:

11

Abstract

GW Ori is a hierarchical triple system with a rare circumtriple disk. We present Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) observations of 1.3 mm dust continuum and 12CO J = 2 − 1 molecular gas emission of the disk. For the first time, we identify three dust rings in the GW Ori disk at ~46, 188, and 338 au, with estimated dust mass of 74, 168, and 245 Earth masses, respectively. To our knowledge, its outermost ring is the largest dust ring ever found in protoplanetary disks. We use visibility modeling of dust continuum to show that the disk has misaligned parts, and the innermost dust ring is eccentric. The disk misalignment is also suggested by the CO kinematics. We interpret these substructures as evidence of ongoing dynamical interactions between the triple stars and the circumtriple disk.

Keywords

Protoplanetary disks; Planet formation; Circumstellar matter; Pre-main sequence stars

Disciplines

Stars, Interstellar Medium and the Galaxy

Language

English

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