AKARI observations of ice absorption bands towards edge-on young stellar objects

Y. Aikawa, D. Kamuro, I. Sakon, Y. Itoh, H. Terada, J. A. Noble, K. M. Pontoppidan, H. J. Fraser, M. Tamura, R. Kandori, A. Kawamura, M. Ueno

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To investigate the composition and evolution of circumstellar ice around low-mass young stellar objects (YSOs), we observed ice absorption bands in the near infrared (NIR) towards eight YSOs ranging from class 0 to class II, among which seven are associated with edge-on disks. We performed slit-less spectroscopic observations using the grism mode of the InfraRed Camera (IRC) on board AKARI, which enables us to obtain full NIR spectra from 2.5 mu m to 5 mu m, including the CO2 band and the blue wing of the H2O band, which are inaccessible from the ground. We developed procedures to carefully process the spectra of targets with nebulosity. The spectra were fitted with polynomial baselines to derive the absorption spectra. The molecular absorption bands were then fitted with the laboratory database of ice absorption bands, considering the instrumental line profile and the spectral resolution of the grism dispersion element. Towards the class 0-I sources (L1527, IRC-L1041-2, and IRAS 04302), absorption bands of H2O, CO2, CO, and XCN are clearly detected. Column density ratios of CO2 ice and CO ice relative to H2O ice are 21-28% and 13-46%, respectively. If XCN is OCN-, its column density is as high as 2-6% relative to H2O ice. The HDO ice feature at 4.1 mu m is tentatively detected towards the class 0-I sources and HV Tau. Non-detections of the CH-stretching mode features around 3.5 mu m provide upper limits to the CH3OH abundance of 26% (L1527) and 42% (IRAS 04302) relative to H2O. We tentatively detect OCS ice absorption towards IRC-L1041-2. Towards class 0-I sources, the detected features should mostly originate in the cold envelope, while CO gas and OCN-could originate in the region close to the protostar, where there are warm temperatures and UV radiation. We detect H2O ice band towards ASR41 and 2MASSJ 1628137-243139, which are edge-on class II disks. We also detect H2O ice and CO2 ice towards HV Tau, HK Tau, and UY Aur, and tentatively detect CO gas features towards HK Tau and UY Aur.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberA57
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue numberFebruary
Early online date1 Feb 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • spitzer spectroscopic survey
  • molecular evolution
  • prestellar cores
  • circumstellare disks
  • t-tauri
  • water ice
  • stars- formation
  • infrared-spectroscopy
  • low-mass stars
  • interstellar ice
  • infrared- ISM
  • circumstellar matter
  • hv-tauri-c
  • akari observations
  • ice absorption bands
  • young stellar objects


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