AIP Conference Proceedings
Establishing the origin of accretion powered winds from forming stars is critical for understanding angular momentum evolution in the star‐disk interaction region. Here, the high velocity component of accretion powered winds is launched and accreting stars are spun down, in defiance of the expected spin‐up during magnetospheric accretion. T Tauri stars in the final stage of disk accretion offer a unique opportunity to study the connection between accretion and winds and their relation to stellar spindown. Although spectroscopic indicators of high velocity T Tauri winds have been known for decades, the line of He I 10830 offers a promising new diagnostic to probe the magnetically controlled star‐disk interaction and wind‐launching region. The high opacity and resonance scattering properties of this line offer a powerful probe of the geometry of both the funnel flow and the inner wind that, together with other atomic and molecular spectral lines covering a wide range of excitation and ionization states, suggests that the magnetic interaction between the star and disk, and the subsequent launching of the inner high velocity wind, is sensitive to the disk accretion rate.
Stars:pre-main sequence, mass loss, winds, accretion
© Suzan Edwards
Edwards, Suzan, "Winds and Accretion in Young Stars" (2009). Astronomy: Faculty Publications, Smith College, Northampton, MA.
Peer reviewed accepted manuscript.