Volume 575, March 2015
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Published online||20 February 2015|
Detection of Keplerian dynamics in a disk around the post-AGB star AC Herculis
Observatorio Astronómico Nacional (OAN-IGN),
Alcalá de Henares,
2 Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique, 300 rue de la Piscine, 38406 Saint-Martin-d’Hères, France
3 Observatorio Astronómico Nacional (OAN-IGN), C/ Alfonso XII, 3, 28014 Madrid, Spain
4 Instituut voor Sterrenkunde, K.U. Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200B, 3001 Leuven, Belgium
Received: 26 January 2015
Accepted: 4 February 2015
Aims. So far, only one rotating disk has been clearly identified and studied in AGB or post-AGB objects (in the Red Rectangle), by means of observations with high spectral and spatial resolution. However, disks are thought to play a key role in the late stellar evolution and are suspected to surround many evolved stars. We aim to extend our knowledge on these structures.
Methods. We present interferometric observations of 12CO J = 2−1 emission from the nebula surrounding the post-AGB star AC Her, a source belonging to a class of objects that share properties with the Red Rectangle and show hints of Keplerian disks.
Results. We clearly detect the Keplerian dynamics of a second disk orbiting an evolved star. Its main properties (size, temperature, central mass) are derived from direct interpretation of the data and model fitting. With this we confirm that there are disks orbiting the stars of this relatively wide class of post-AGB objects.
Key words: stars: AGB and post-AGB / circumstellar matter / radio lines: stars / planetary nebulae: individual: AC Her
© ESO, 2015
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