The disk around CoKu TAURI/4: circumbinary, not transitional

M. J. Ireland, A. L. Kraus

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CoKu Tau/4 has been labeled as one of the very few known transition disk objects-disks around young stars that have their inner disks cleared of dust, arguably as a result of planetary formation. We report aperture-masking inter-ferometry and adaptive optics imaging observations showing that CoKu Tau/4 is in fact a near-equal binary star of projected separation ∼53 mas (∼8 AU). The spectral energy distribution of the disk is then naturally explained by the inner truncation of the disk through gravitational interactions with the binary star system. We discuss the possibility that such "unseen" binary companions could cause other circumbinary disks to be labeled as transitional.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L59-L62
Number of pages4
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


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