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Magnetospheric accretion-ejection processes in the classical T Tauri star AA Tau ⋆

By M. Kun, T. Yu. Magakian and C. Pinte


Received; accepted Context. Accretion and ejection are complex and related processes that vary on various timescales in young stars. Aims. We intend to investigate the accretion and outflow dynamics and their interaction from observations of the classical T Tauri star AA Tau. Methods. From a long time series of high resolution (R=115,000) HARPS spectra and simultaneous broad-band photometry, we report new evidence for magnetospheric accretion as well as ejection processes in the nearly edge-on classical T Tauri star AA Tau. Results. AA Tau’s light curve is modulated with a period of 8.22d. The recurrent luminosity dips are due to the periodic occultation of the central star by the magnetically-warped inner disk edge located at about 9 R⋆. Balmer line profiles exhibit a clear rotational modulation of high-velocity redshifted absorption components with a period of 8.22 days as well, with a maximum strength when the main accretion funnel flow passes through the line of sight. At the same time, the luminosity of the system decreases by about 1 mag, indicative of circumstellar absorption of the stellar photosphere by the magnetically-warped, corotating inner disk edge. The photospheric and HeI radial velocities also exhibit periodic variations, and the veiling is modulated by the appearance of the accretio

Year: 2006
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