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Paper: The Recent Disk Evolution of Achernar
Volume: 506, Bright Emissaries: Be Stars as Messengers of Star-Disk Physics
Page: 55
Authors: Faes, D. M.; Carciofi, A. C.; de Souza, A. D.
Abstract: Achernar is a key star to investigate the Be phemonemon. Its importance derives from the possibility of investigating in detail its photospheric and circumstellar emission due to its proximity. Since early 2013 the star entered a new outburst phase, having since then formed a large disk. Here we report our first results to model the recent disk evolution based on a recent precise photospheric characterization. The analysis combine multi-technique data, including broadband polarimetry (OPD/LNA), spectroscopy (FEROS and others) and interferometry (VLTI/AMBER and PIONIER). The radiative transfer problem is solved by the HDUST code. The preliminary results indicate that the circumstellar disk was not formed by a constant mass injection, as indicated by the large variability in small temporal scales seen in polarization. Also, the forming disk manifests noticeable azimuthal asymmetries, as seen by the V/R variations in Hα, which suggests that mass ejection from the star is also non-axisymmetric. These elements offer a rare opportunity to evaluate the evolution of a just formed Be disk in detail and derive relevant physical quantities governing the system.
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