Color Gradients Detected in the HD 15115 Circumstellar Disk

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Debes, J. H.
Weinberger, A. J.
Song, I.
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We report HST/NICMOS coronagraphic images of the HD 15115 circumstellar disk at 1.1\micron. We find a similar morphology to that seen in the visible and at H band--an edge-on disk that is asymmetric in surface brightness. Several aspects of the 1.1\micron data are different, highlighting the need for multi-wavelength images of each circumstellar disk. We find a flattening to the western surface brightness profile at 1.1\micron interior to 2\arcsec (90 AU) and a warp in the western half of the disk. We measure the surface brightness profiles of the two disk lobes and create a measure of the dust scattering efficiency between 0.55-1.65\micron at 1\arcsec, 2\arcsec, and 3\arcsec. At 2\arcsec the western lobe has a neutral spectrum up to 1.1\micron and a strong absorption or blue spectrum $>$1.1\micron, while a blue trend is seen in the eastern lobe. At 1\arcsec the disk has a red F110W-H color in both lobes.
Comment: 4 pages, 4 figures, emulateapj; accepted to ApJL
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