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 X-ray emission from a metal depleted accretion shock onto the classical T Tauri star TW Hya


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We present the X-ray spectrum of TW Hya observed at high and intermediate spectral resolution with the Reflection Grating Spectrometer RGS and the European Photon Imaging Camera EPIC onboard the XMM-Newton satellite. TW Hya is the first classical T Tauri star for which simultaneous X-ray data with both high spectral resolution and high sensitivity were obtained, thus allowing to probe the X-ray emission properties of stars in the early pre-main sequence phase. The high plasma density, the comparatively low temperature, and peculiar chemical abundances in the X-ray emitting region on TW Hya are untypical for stellar coronae. An alternative X-ray production mechanism is therefore called for and a natural explanation is an accretion column depleted of grain forming elements. The metal depletion could be either due to the original molecular cloud that formed TW Hya or due to a settling of dust in the circumstellar disk of TW Hya.



Author: B. Stelzer; J. H. M. M. Schmitt; ;

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