Upper limits on CO 4.7 μm emission from disks around five Herbig Ae/Be stars
European Southern Observatory, Karl Schwarzschild Strasse 2 , 75748 Garching bei München, Germany e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Königstuhl 17, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
3 Astronomical Institute, University of Amsterdam, Kruislaan 403, 1098 SJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Accepted: 14 March 2005
We present the results of medium-resolution spectroscopy of five nearby Herbig Ae/Be stars at 4.7 μm: UX Ori, HD 34282, HD 50138, V380 Ori, HK Ori. The goal was to search for CO fundamental ro-vibrational emission. None of the targets show CO features, either in absorption nor in emission. We derive a upper limit of <10-12 cm-2 to the column density of hot CO ( K) in the sources. These upper limits are considerably lower than the values of Herbig Ae/Be stars for which warm and hot CO emission has been reported. The non-detection of CO emission in these five targets suggest that Herbig Ae/Be stars are not a homogeneous group with respect to the structure of the gaseous disk and/or the amount of CO in the inner 50 AU of their disks.
Key words: stars: circumstellar matter / stars: planetary systems: protoplanetary disks / stars: planetary systems: formation / stars: pre-main sequence
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