Volume 413, Number 2, January II 2004
|Page(s)||669 - 679|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||18 December 2003|
A large X-ray flare from the Herbig Ae star V892 Tau
Astrophysics Division – Research and Science Support Department of ESA, ESTEC, Postbus 299, 2200 AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands
2 INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo, Piazza del Parlamento 1, 90134 Palermo, Italy
3 Università di Palermo – Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche ed Astronomiche, Piazza del Parlamento 1, 90134 Palermo, Italy
Corresponding author: G. Giardino, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 30 September 2003
We report the XMM-Newton observation of a large X-ray flare from the Herbig Ae star V892 Tau. The apparent low mass companion of V892 Tau, V892 Tau NE, is unresolved by XMM-Newton. Nevertheless there is compelling evidence from combined XMM-Newton and Chandra data that the origin of the flare is the Herbig Ae star V892 Tau. During the flare the X-ray luminosity of V892 Tau increases by a factor of , while the temperature of the plasma increases from keV to keV. From the scaling of the flare event, based on hydrodynamic modeling, we conclude that a 500 G magnetic field is needed in order to confine the plasma. Under the assumptions that a dynamo mechanism is required to generate such a confining magnetic field and that surface convection is a necessary ingredient for a dynamo, our findings provide indirect evidence for the existence of a significant convection zone in the stellar envelope of Herbig Ae stars.
Key words: stars: flare / stars: coronae / stars: formation / stars: pre-main sequence / stars: individual: V892 Tau
© ESO, 2004
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