Context. Studies of pre-transitional disks, with a gap region between the inner near-infrared-emitting region and the outer disk, are important to improving our understanding of disk evolution and planet formation.Previous infrared interferometric observations have shown hints of a gap region in the protoplanetary disk around the Herbig Ae star HD 144432.
Aims: We study the dust distribution around this star with two-dimensional radiative transfer modeling.
Methods: We compare the model predictions obtained via the Monte-Carlo radiative transfer code RADMC-3D with infrared interferometric observations and the spectral energy distribution of HD 144432.
Results: The best-fit model that we found consists of an inner optically thin component at 0.21-0.32 AU and an optically thick outer disk at 1.4-10 AU. We also found an alternative model in which the inner sub-AU region consists of an optically thin and an optically thick component.
Conclusions: Our modeling suggests an optically thin component exists in the inner sub-AU region, although an optically thick component may coexist in the same region. Our modeling also suggests a gap-like discontinuity in the disk of HD 144432.
Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Pub Date:
- February 2016
- accretion disks;
- techniques: interferometric;
- protoplanetary disks;
- stars: pre-main sequence;
- stars: individual: HD 144432;
- circumstellar matter;
- Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics
- 18 pages, 12 figures