On the origin of the X-ray emission towards the early Herbig Be star MWC 297

Jorick S. Vink (1),
Paul M. O'Neill (1),
Sebastian G. Els (2),
Janet E. Drew (1)

(1) Imperial College London, Blackett Laboratory, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2AZ, U.K.
(2) California Institute of Technology, Mail Code 102-8, 1200 E.California Blvd., Pasadena CA 91125, USA

We present high resolution AO-corrected coronographic near-infrared imaging on the early-type Herbig Be star MWC 297. X-ray flaring has been reported towards this young object, however this has been difficult to reconcile with its early spectral type (B1.5) and relatively high mass (10 -- 15 Msun). Our infrared and X-ray analysis shows that the X-ray flaring is likely due to a late-type star in the same field. The case of MWC 297 emphasizes the need for coronographic imaging to address the reality of X-ray emission towards Herbig Ae/Be stars, which is needed to understand the differences between low and high-mass star formation.

Reference: A&A Letters
Status: Manuscript has been accepted

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