The search for gas in Debris Disks
August 4, 2022
11:00 am (Chilean Time)
Speaker: Isabel Rebollido (Space Telescope Science Institute)
Abstract: Debris discs represent the last stages of planet formation and as such are expected to be depleted of primordial gas. None the less, in the last few years the presence of cold gas has been reported in ~20 debris discs from far-infrared to (sub-)mm observations and hot gas has been observed in the optical spectra of debris discs for decades. While the origin of this gas is still uncertain, most pieces of evidence point towards a secondary origin, as a result of collisions and evaporation of small bodies in the disc. In this talk, I will present ALMA observations aimed at the detection of CO gas in a sample of eight debris discs with optical gas detections. We detect CO (12CO and 13CO) gas in HD 36546, the brightest and youngest disc in our sample, and provide upper limits to the presence of gas in the remaining seven discs.