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Atomic T Tauri disk winds heated by ambipolar diffusion. II. Observational tests

P. J. V. Garcia, S. Cabrit, J. Ferreira, L. Binette

Thermal and ionization structures of self-similar, magnetically-driven disk winds obtained in a companion paper (Garcia et al. cite{Garcia2001a}) are used to compute a series of jet synthetic observations. These include spatially resolved forbidden line emission maps, long-slit spectra, as well as line ratios. Line profiles and jet widths appear to be good tracers of the wind dynamics and collimation, whereas line ratios essentially trace gas excitation conditions. All the above diagnostics are confronted to observations of T Tauri star microjets. Convolution by the observing beam is shown to be essential for a meaningful test of the models. We find that jet widths and qualitative variations in line profiles with both distance and line tracers are well reproduced. A low-velocity [O I] component is also obtained, originating from the disk wind base. However, this component is too weak, predicted maximum velocities are too high and electronic and total densities are too low. Denser and slower magnetized winds, launched from disks with warm chromospheres, might resolve these discrepancies.

Astronomy and Astrophysics
Volume 377, Page 609
October 2001

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