H2S observations in young stellar disks in Taurus

P. Rivière-Marichalar, A. Fuente, R. Le Gal, A. M. Arabhavi, S. Cazaux, D. Navarro-Almaida, A. Ribas, I. Mendigutía, D. Barrado, B. Montesinos

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Context. Studying gas chemistry in protoplanetary disks is key to understanding the process of planet formation. Sulfur chemistry in particular is poorly understood in interstellar environments, and the location of the main reservoirs remains unknown. Protoplanetary disks in Taurus are ideal targets for studying the evolution of the composition of planet forming systems. Aims. We aim to elucidate the chemical origin of sulfur-bearing molecular emission in protoplanetary disks, with a special focus on H2S emission, and to identify candidate species that could become the main molecular sulfur reservoirs in protoplanetary systems. Methods. We used IRAM 30 m observations of nine gas-rich young stellar objects (YSOs) in Taurus to perform a survey of sulfur-bearing and oxygen-bearing molecular species. In this paper we present our results for the CS 3-2 (ν0 = 146.969 GHz), H2CO 21,1-11,0 (ν0 = 150.498 GHz), and H2S 11,0-10,1 (ν0 = 168.763 GHz) emission lines. Results. We detected H2S emission in four sources out of the nine observed, significantly increasing the number of detections toward YSOs. We also detected H2CO and CS in six out of the nine. We identify a tentative correlation between H2S 11,0-10,1 and H2CO 21,1-11,0 as well as a tentative correlation between H2S 11,0-10,1 and H2O 818-707. By assuming local thermodynamical equilibrium, we computed column densities for the sources in the sample, with N(o-H2S) values ranging between 2.6 × 1012 cm-2 and 1.5 × 1013 cm-2.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA46
Number of pages12
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Astrochemistry
  • Circumstellar matter
  • ISM: abundances
  • Planetary systems
  • Protoplanetary disks
  • Radio lines: planetary systems


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