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Title: First look at the Fomalhaut debris disk with the Spitzer Space Telescope
Authors: Stapelfeldt, K. R.
Holmes, E. K.
Chen, C.
Rieke, G. H.
Su, K. Y. L.
Hines, D. C.
Werner, M. W.
Beichman, C. A.
Jura, M.
Padgett, D. L.
Stansberry, J. A.
Bendo, G.
Cadien, J.
Marengo, M.
Thomspson, T.
Velusamy, T.
Backus, C.
Blaylock, M.
Egami, E.
Engelbracht, C. W.
Frayer, D. T.
Gordon, K. D.
Keene, J.
Latter, W. B.
Megeath, T.
Misselt, K.
Morrison, J. E.
Muzerolle, J.
Noriega-Crespo, A.
Van Cleve, J.
Young, E. T.
Keywords: circumstellar matter
Issue Date: Sep-2004
Publisher: University of Chicago Press for the American Astronomical Society
Citation: Astrophysical journal supplement series, Vol. 154, pp.458-462
Abstract: We present Spitzer Space Telescope early release observations of Fomalhaut, a nearby A-type star with dusty circumstellar debris. The disk is spatially resolved at 24, 70, and 160 mu m using the Multiband Imaging Photometer for Spitzer (MIPS). While the disk orientation and outer radius are comparable to values measured in the submillimeter, the disk inner radius cannot be precisely defined: the central hole in the submillimeter ring is at least partially filled with emission from warm dust, seen in Spitzer Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)17.5-34 mu m spectra and MIPS 24 mu m images. The disk surface brightness becomes increasingly asymmetric toward shorter wavelengths, with the south-southeast ansa always brighter than the north-northwest one. This asymmetry may reflect perturbations on the disk by an unseen interior planet.
ISSN: 0004-637X
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