On the stratified dust distribution of the GG Tauri circumbinary ring

C. Pinte, L. Fouchet, F. Ménard, J. F. Gonzalez, G. Duchêne

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Aims. Our objective is to study the vertical dust distribution in the circumbinary ring of the binary system GG Tau and to search for evidence of stratification, one of the first steps expected to occur during planet formation. Methods. We present a simultaneous analysis of four scattered light images spanning a range of wavelength from 800 nm to 3800 nm and compare them with (i) a parametric prescription for the vertical dust stratification, and (ii) with the results of SPH bi-fluid hydrodynamic calculations. Results. The parametric prescription and hydrodynamical calculations of stratification both reproduce the observed brightness profiles well. These models also provide a correct match for the observed star/ring integrated flux ratio. Another solution with a well-mixed, but "exotic", dust size distribution also matches the brightness profile ratios but fails to match the star/ring flux ratio. These results give support to the presence of vertical stratification of the dust in the ring of GG Tau and also allow us to predict the presence of a radial stratification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)963-971
Number of pages9
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Methods: numerical
  • Polarisation
  • Radiative transfer
  • Scattering
  • Stars: circumstellar matter

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