Improved Constraints on the Disk Around MWC 349A from the 23-Meter LBTI [SSA]

We present new spatially resolved observations of MWC 349A from the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI), a 23-meter baseline interferometer made up of two, co-mounted 8-meter telescopes. MWC 349A is a B[e] star with an unknown evolutionary state. Proposed scenarios range from a young stellar object (YSO), to a B[e] supergiant, to a tight binary system. Radio continuum and recombination line observations of this source revealed a sub-arcsecond bipolar outflow surrounding a ~100 mas circumstellar disk. Followup infrared studies detected the disk, and suggested that it may have skew and an inner clearing. Our new infrared interferometric observations, which have more than twice the resolution of previously-published datasets, support the presence of both skew and a compact infrared excess. They rule out inner clearings with radii greater than ~14 mas. We show the improvements in disk parameter constraints provided by LBTI, and discuss the inferred disk parameters in the context of the posited evolutionary states for MWC 349A.

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S. Sallum, J. Eisner, P. Hinz, et. al.
Mon, 19 Jun 17

Comments: 11 pages, 7 figures, accepted for publication in ApJ