Grain growth and density distribution of the youngest protostellar systems

Woojin Kwon, Leslie W. Looney, Lee G. Mundy, Hsin Fang Chiang, Athol J. Kemball

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We present dust opacity spectral indexes (β) of the youngest protostellar systems (so-called Class 0 sources), L1448 IRS 2, L1448 IRS 3, and L1157, obtained between the λ = 1.3 mm and 2.7 mm continua, using the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA). The unprecedented compact configuration and image fidelity of CARMA allow a better detection of the dust continuum emission from Class 0 sources, with a less serious missing flux problem normally associated with interferometry. Through visibility modeling at both λ = 1.3 mm and 2.7 mm simultaneously, as well as image and visibility comparison, we show that β of the three Class 0 sources are around or smaller than 1, indicating that dust grains have already significantly grown at the Class 0 stage. In addition, we find a radial dependence of β, which implies faster grain growth in the denser central regions and/or dust segregation. Density distributions of the Class 0 sources are also addressed by visibility modeling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)841-852
Number of pages12
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1 2009


  • Circumstellar matter
  • Stars: individual (L1448 IRS 2, L1448 IRS 3, L1157)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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