ALMA 1.3 mm Map of the HD 95086 System

Kate Y.L. Su, Meredith A. MacGregor, Mark Booth, David J. Wilner, Kevin Flaherty, A. Meredith Hughes, Neil M. Phillips, Renu Malhotra, Antonio S. Hales, Sarah Morrison, Steve Ertel, Brenda C. Matthews, William R.F. Dent, Simon Casassus

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Planets and minor bodies such as asteroids, Kuiper-Belt objects, and comets are integral components of a planetary system. Interactions among them leave clues about the formation process of a planetary system. The signature of such interactions is most prominent through observations of its debris disk at millimeter wavelengths where emission is dominated by the population of large grains that stay close to their parent bodies. Here we present ALMA 1.3 mm observations of HD 95086, a young early-type star that hosts a directly imaged giant planet b and a massive debris disk with both asteroid- and Kuiper-Belt analogs. The location of the Kuiper-Belt analog is resolved for the first time. The system can be depicted as a broad (ΔR/R ∼ 0.84), inclined (30° ± 3°) ring with millimeter emission peaked at 200 ± 6 au from the star. The 1.3 mm disk emission is consistent with a broad disk with sharp boundaries from 106 ± 6 to 320 ± 20 au with a surface density distribution described by a power law with an index of -0.5 ± 0.2. Our deep ALMA map also reveals a bright source located near the edge of the ring, whose brightness at 1.3 mm and potential spectral energy distribution are consistent with it being a luminous star-forming galaxy at high redshift. We set constraints on the orbital properties of planet b assuming coplanarity with the observed disk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number225
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2017


  • circumstellar matter - planetary systems - stars
  • individual (HD 95086) - submillimeter
  • stars

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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