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Astron. Astrophys. 356, L75-L78 (2000)

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Letter to the Editor

Disks in multiple systems: direct imaging of a nearly edge-on circumstellar disk in the young triple system HV Tau  *

J.-L. Monin 1,2 and J. Bouvier 1

1 Université Joseph Fourier, Laboratoire d'Astrophysique, Observatoire de Grenoble, B.P. 53X, 38041 Grenoble Cedex, France
2 Institut Universitaire de France

Received 2 March 2000 / Accepted 18 March 2000


We present high resolution near infrared images of the young triple system HV Tau which clearly reveal a circumstellar disk around HV Tau C. The disk is seen nearly edge-on ([FORMULA]), and has a radius of [FORMULA]. HV Tau AB, a 74 mas binary (Simon et al. 1996), is resolved as well. If HV Tau C is bound to HV Tau AB, these are the first near-IR images of a circumtertiary disk in a young multiple system.

Key words: accretion, accretion disks – stars: binaries: close – stars: circumstellar matter – stars: formation – stars: individual: HV Tau – stars: pre-main sequence

* Based on observations made at Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

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© European Southern Observatory (ESO) 2000

Online publication: April 17, 2000