Yoshiko Kataza Okamoto

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The birth of very massive stars is not well understood, in contrast to the formation process of low-mass stars like our Sun. It is not even clear that massive stars can form as single entities; rather, they might form through the mergers of smaller ones born in tight groups. The recent claim of the discovery of a massive protostar in M17 (a nearby giant(More)
beta Pictoris (beta Pic) is a main-sequence star with an edge-on dust disk that might represent a state of the early Solar System. The dust does not seem to be a remnant from the original protoplanetary disk, but rather is thought to have been generated from large bodies like planetesimals and/or comets. The history and composition of the parent bodies can(More)
Mid-infrared (MIR) images of the Herbig Ae star HD 142527 were obtained at 18.8 and 24.5 µm with the Subaru/COMICS. Bright extended arc-like emission (outer disk) is recognized at r = 0. ′′ 85 together with a strong central source (inner disk) and a gap around r = 0. ′′ 6 in the both images. Thermal emission of the eastern side is much brighter than that of(More)
We have carried out mid-infrared N-band spectroscopic observations of the T Tauri star Hen 3-600A in the TW Hydra association with the COMICS on the 8.2m Subaru Telescope and found structured features in its spectrum. These structured features are well explained by a combination of crystalline forsterite, crystalline enstatite, silica and glassy olivine(More)
We have observed the 8-13 µm spectrum (R∼250) of the Vega-like star candidate HD145263 using Subaru/COMICS. The spectrum of HD145263 shows the broad trapezoidal silicate feature with the shoulders at 9.3 µm and 11.44 µm, indicating the presence of crystalline silicate grains. This detection implies that crystalline silicate may also be commonly present(More)
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