Young stellar objects in lynds 1641: disks, accretion, and star formation history

Min Fang (Lead / Corresponding author), Jinyoung Serena Kim, Roy van Boekel, Aurora Sicilia-Aguilar, Thomas Henning, Kevin Flaherty

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Abstract

We investigate the young stellar objects (YSOs) in the Lynds 1641 (L1641) cloud using multi-wavelength data including Spitzer, WISE, the Two Micron All Sky Survey, and XMM covering similar to 1390 YSOs across a range of evolutionary stages. In addition, we targeted a sub-sample of YSOs for optical spectroscopy with the MMT/Hectospec and the MMT/Hectochelle. We use these data, along with archival photometric data, to derive spectral types, extinction values, masses, ages, and accretion rates. We obtain a disk fraction of similar to 50% in L1641. The disk frequency is almost constant as a function of stellar mass with a slight peak at log(M-*/M-circle dot) approximate to -0.25. The analysis of multi-epoch spectroscopic data indicates that the accretion variability of YSOs cannot explain the two orders of magnitude of scatter for YSOs with similar masses. Forty-six new transition disk (TD) objects are confirmed in this work, and we find that the fraction of accreting TDs is lower than for optically thick disks (40%-45% versus 77%-79%, respectively). We confirm our previous result that the accreting TDs have a median accretion rate similar to normal optically thick disks. We confirm that two star formation modes (isolated versus clustered) exist in L1641. We find that the diskless YSOs are statistically older than the YSOs with optically thick disks and the TD objects have a median age that is intermediate between those of the other two populations. We tentatively study the star formation history in L1641 based on the age distribution and find that star formation started to be active 2-3 Myr ago.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Number of pages39
JournalAstrophysical Journal: Supplement Series
Volume207
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2013

Keywords

  • accretion, accretion disks protoplanetary disks stars: pre-main sequence T-TAURI STARS ORION NEBULA CLUSTER MAIN-SEQUENCE STARS LOW-MASS STARS SPITZER-SPACE-TELESCOPE INFRARED LUMINOSITY FUNCTIONS NEWTON SERENDIPITOUS SURVEY ETA-CHAMAELEONTIS CLUSTER HERBIG AE/BE STARS SOLAR-TYPE STARS

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