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Constraints on the radial distribution of the dust properties in the CQ Tauri protoplanetary disk

Trotta, F. and Testi, L. and Natta, A. and Isella, A. and Ricci, L. (2013) Constraints on the radial distribution of the dust properties in the CQ Tauri protoplanetary disk. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 558 . Art. No. A64. ISSN 0004-6361. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201321896.

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Context. Grain growth in protoplanetary disks is the first step towards the formation of the rocky cores of planets. Models predict that grains grow, migrate, and fragment in the disk and predict varying dust properties as a function of radius, age, and physical properties. High-angular resolution observations at more than one (sub-)mm wavelength are the essential tool for constraining grain growth and migration on the disk midplane. Aims. We developed a procedure to analyze self-consistently multiwavelength (sub-)mm continuum interferometric observations of protoplanetary disks to constrain the radial distribution of dust properties. Methods. We apply this technique to existing multifrequency continuum mm observations of the disk around CQ Tau, a A8 pre-main sequence star with a well-studied disk. Results. We demonstrate that our models can be used to simultaneously constrain the disk and dust structure. In CQ Tau, the best-fitting model has a radial dependence of the maximum grain size, which decreases from a few cm in the inner disk (<40 AU) to a few mm at 80 AU. Nevertheless, the currently available dataset does not allow us to exclude the possibility of a uniform grain size distribution at a 3σ level.

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Additional Information:© 2013 ESO. Article published by EDP Sciences. Received 15 May 2013. Accepted 26 July 2013. Published online 03 October 2013. We thank Tillman Birnstiel for many useful discussions on grain growth in circumstellar disks. This research was partly supported by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) as part of the ASI-INAF agreement number I/005/11/0. A.I. acknowledge support from NSF award AST-1109334.
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Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI)I/005/11/0
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Subject Keywords:protoplanetary disks, stars: pre-main sequence, circumstellar matter, stars: individual: CQ Tauri, dust, extinction, submillimeter: planetary systems
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Official Citation:Constraints on the radial distribution of the dust properties in the CQ Tauri protoplanetary disk F. Trotta, L. Testi, A. Natta, A. Isella and L. Ricci A&A 558 A64 (2013) DOI:
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