Low abundance, strong features: window-dressing crystalline forsterite in the disk wall of HD 100546
Mulders, G.D. × Waters, L.B.F.M. Dominik, C. Sturm, B. Bouwman, J. Min, M. Verhoeff, A.P. Acke, Bram Augereau, J.C. Evans, N.J. Henning, Th. Meeus, G. Olofsson, J. #
Astronomy & Astrophysics vol:531 pages:A93+
Context. Forsterite is one of the crystalline dust species that is often observed in protoplanetary disks and solar system comets. Being absent in the interstellar medium, it must be produced during the disk lifetime. It can therefore serve as a tracer of dust processing and disk evolution, which can lead to a better understanding of the physical processes occurring in the disk, and possibly planet formation. However, the connection of these processes with the overall disk crystallinity remains unclear.