Volume 522, November 2010
|Number of page(s)||11|
|Section||Interstellar and circumstellar matter|
|Published online||27 October 2010|
Mid-infrared interferometry of massive young stellar objects
II. Evidence for a circumstellar disk surrounding the Kleinmann-Wright object*
Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Königstuhl 17
e-mail: follert;firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
2 Thüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg, Sternwarte 5, 07778 Tautenburg, Germany
3 Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council of Canada, 5071 West Saanich Rd, Victoria, BC, V9E 2E7, Canada
Accepted: 22 July 2010
The formation scenario for massive stars is still under discussion. To further constrain current theories, it is vital to spatially resolve the structures from which material accretes onto massive young stellar objects (MYSOs). Due to the small angular extent of MYSOs, one needs to overcome the limitations of conventional thermal infrared imaging, regarding spatial resolution, in order to get observational access to the inner structure of these objects. We employed mid-infrared interferometry, using the MIDI instrument on the ESO/VLTI, to investigate the Kleinmann-Wright Object, a massive young stellar object previously identified as a Herbig Be star precursor. Dispersed visibility curves in the N-band (8–13 μm) have been obtained at 5 interferometric baselines. We show that the mid-infrared emission region is resolved. A qualitative analysis of the data indicates a non-rotationally symmetric structure, e.g. the projection of an inclined disk. We employed extensive radiative transfer simulations based on spectral energy distribution fitting. Since SED-only fitting usually yields degenerate results, we first employed a statistical analysis of the parameters provided by the radiative transfer models. In addition, we compared the ten best-fitting self-consistent models to the interferometric observations. Our analysis of the Kleinmann-Wright Object suggests the existence of a circumstellar disk of 0.1 M⊙ at an intermediate inclination of 76°, while an additional dusty envelope is not necessary for fitting the data. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the combination of IR interferometry with radiative transfer simulations has the potential to resolve ambiguities arising from the analysis of spectral energy distributions alone.
Key words: techniques: interferometric / stars: formation / ISM: individuel objects: Kleinmann-Wright object / stars: protostars
© ESO, 2010
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