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The Circumstellar Disk of the Butterfly Star in Taurus

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January 17, 2003
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Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 19:53:48 GMT (393kb)

The Circumstellar Disk of the Butterfly Star in Taurus

Sebastian Wolf,
Deborah L. Padgett,
Karl R. Stapelfeldt

Comments: 32 pages, 9 figures

We present a model of the circumstellar environment of the so-called
“Butterfly Star” in Taurus (IRAS 04302+2247). The appearance of this young
stellar object is dominated by a large circumstellar disk seen edge-on and the
light scattering lobes above the disk. The model is based on multi-wavelength
continuum observations: Millimeter maps and high-resolution near-infrared
images obtained with HST/NICMOS.

It was found that the disk and envelope parameters are comparable with those
of the circumstellar environment of other young stellar objects. A main result
is that the dust properties must be different in the circumstellar disk and in
the envelope: While a grain size distribution with grain radii up to 100 micron
is required to reproduce the millimeter observations of the disk, the envelope
is dominated by smaller grains similar to those of the interstellar medium.

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