Volume 633, January 2020
|Number of page(s)||9|
|Section||Planets and planetary systems|
|Published online||21 January 2020|
The widest Hα survey of accreting protoplanets around nearby transition disks★
Núcleo de Astronomía, Facultad de Ingeniería y Ciencias, Universidad Diego Portales,
Av. Ejercito 441,
2 Escuela de Ingeniería Industrial, Facultad de Ingeniería y Ciencias, Universidad Diego Portales, Av. Ejercito 441, Santiago, Chile
3 Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS, LAM – Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille, UMR 7326, 13388 Marseille, France
4 ETH Zürich, Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics, Wolfgang-Pauli-Str. 27, 8093 Zürich, Switzerland
5 Núcleo Milenio de Formación Planetaria (NPF), Valparaíso, Chile
6 Instituto de Física y Astronomía, Universidad de Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile
7 Chinese Academy of Sciences South America Center for Astronomy, National Astronomical Observatories, CAS, Beijing, China
8 Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Av. Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins 3363, Estacion Central, Santiago, Chile
9 European Space Astronomy Centre (ESA/ESAC), Operations Department, Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain
10 Departamento de Astronomía, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 36-D, Santiago, Chile
11 School of Physics and Astronomy, Monash University, VIC 3800, Australia
12 Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA), ESAC, Camino bajo del Castillo s/n, 28692 Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain
Accepted: 9 December 2019
Context. The mechanisms of planet formation are still under debate. We know little about how planets form, even if more than 4000 exoplanets have been detected to date. Recent investigations target the cot of newly born planets: the protoplanetary disk. At the first stages of their life, exoplanets still accrete material from the gas-rich disk in which they are embedded. Transitional disks are indeed disks that show peculiarities, such as gaps, spiral arms, and rings, which can be connected to the presence of substellar companions.
Aims. To investigate what is responsible for these features, we selected all the known transitional disks in the solar neighborhood (<200 pc) that are visible from the southern hemisphere. We conducted a survey of 11 transitional disks with the SPHERE instrument at the Very Large Telescope. This is the largest Hα survey that has been conducted so far to look for protoplanets. The observations were performed with the Hα filter of ZIMPOL in order to target protoplanets that are still in the accretion stage. All the selected targets are very young stars, less than 20 Myr, and show low extinction in the visible.
Methods. We reduced the ZIMPOL pupil stabilized data by applying the method of the angular spectral differential imaging (ASDI), which combines both techniques. The datacubes are composed of the Cnt_Hα and the narrow band filter Hα, which are taken simultaneously to permit the suppression of the speckle pattern. The principal component analysis method was employed for the reduction of the data. For each dataset, we derived the 5σ contrast limit and converted it in upper limits on the accretion luminosity.
Results. We do not detect any new accreting substellar companions around the targeted transition disks down to an average contrast of 12 magnitudes at 0.′′2 from the central star. We have recovered the signal of the accreting M star companion around the star HD 142527. We have detected and resolved, for the first time in visible light, the quadruple system HD 98800. For every other system, we can exclude the presence of massive actively accreting companions, assuming that the accretion is not episodic and that the extinction is negligible. The mean accretion luminosity limit is 10−6 L⊙ at a separation of 0.′′2 from the host.
Key words: planets and satellites: formation / protoplanetary disks / planet–disk interactions / accretion, accretion disks / techniques: high angular resolution
© A. Zurlo et al. 2020
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