A Large Double-ring Disk Around the Taurus M Dwarf J04124068+2438157

Feng Long, Bin B. Ren, Nicole L. Wallack, Daniel Harsono, Gregory J. Herczeg, Paola Pinilla, Dimitri Mawet, Michael C. Liu, Sean M. Andrews, Xue Ning Bai, Sylvie Cabrit, Lucas A. Cieza, Doug Johnstone, Jarron M. Leisenring, Giuseppe Lodato, Yao Liu, Carlo F. Manara, Gijs D. Mulders, Enrico Ragusa, Steph SallumYangfan Shi, Marco Tazzari, Taichi Uyama, Kevin Wagner, David J. Wilner, Jerry W. Xuan

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Planet formation imprints signatures on the physical structures of disks. In this paper, we present high-resolution (∼50 mas, 8 au) Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array observations of 1.3 mm dust continuum and CO line emission toward the disk around the M3.5 star 2MASS J04124068+2438157. The dust disk consists of only two narrow rings at radial distances of 0.″47 and 0.″78 (∼70 and 116 au), with Gaussian σ widths of 5.6 and 8.5 au, respectively. The width of the outer ring is smaller than the estimated pressure scale height by ∼25%, suggesting dust trapping in a radial pressure bump. The dust disk size, set by the location of the outermost ring, is significantly larger (by 3σ) than other disks with similar millimeter luminosity, which can be explained by an early formation of local pressure bump to stop radial drift of millimeter dust grains. After considering the disk’s physical structure and accretion properties, we prefer planet-disk interaction over dead zone or photoevaporation models to explain the observed dust disk morphology. We carry out high-contrast imaging at the L ′ band using Keck/NIRC2 to search for potential young planets, but do not identify any source above 5σ. Within the dust gap between the two rings, we reach a contrast level of ∼7 mag, constraining the possible planet below ∼2-4 M Jup. Analyses of the gap/ring properties suggest that an approximately Saturn-mass planet at ∼90 au is likely responsible for the formation of the outer ring, which can potentially be revealed with JWST.

Original languageEnglish
Article number27
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 May 2023
Externally publishedYes


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