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We report the discovery of a scattering component around the HD 141569 A circumstellar debris system, interior to the previously known inner ring. The discovered inner disk component, obtained in broadband optical light with Hubble Space Telescope/Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph coronagraphy, was imaged with an inner working angle of 0.″25, and can be traced from 0.″4 (∼46 AU) to 1.″0 (∼116 AU) after deprojection using i = 55°. The inner disk component is seen to forward scatter in a manner similar to the previously known rings, has a pericenter offset of ∼6 AU, and break points where the slope of the surface brightness changes. It also has a spiral arm trailing in the same sense as other spiral arms and arcs seen at larger stellocentric distances. The inner disk spatially overlaps with the previously reported warm gas disk seen in thermal emission. We detect no point sources within 2″ (∼232 AU), in particular in the gap between the inner disk component and the inner ring. Our upper limit of 9 ± 3 MJ is augmented by a new dynamical limit on single planetary mass bodies in the gap between the inner disk component and the inner ring of 1 MJ, which is broadly consistent with previous estimates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberL23
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 20 2016


  • circumstellar matter
  • stars: imaging
  • stars: individual (HD 141569 A)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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