TYC8241 2652 1 is a young star that showed a strong mid-infrared (mid-IR, 8-25 μm) excess in all observations before 2008 CONSISTENT WITH a dusty disk. Between 2008 and 2010 the mid-IR luminosity of this system dropped dramatically by at least a factor of 30 suggesting a loss of dust mass of an order of magnitude or more. So far there is no conclusive explanation for this observational fact; possibilities include removal of disk material by stellar activity processes, a collisional cascade that rapidly grinds dust of all sizes down to where radiative blowout is effective, or a run-away accretion event spurred by the presence of gaseous material in the disk. We present new X-ray observations, optical spectroscopy, near-IR interferometry, and mid-IR photometry of this system to constrain its parameters and identify the cause of the dust mass loss. In X-rays TYC8241 2652 1 has all properties expected from a young star: Its luminosity is in the saturation regime and the abundance pattern shows enhancement of O/FE. The photospheric Hα line is filled with a weak emission feature, indicating chromospheric activity consistent THE OBSERVED LEVEL OF CORONAL EMISSION. Interferometry does not detect a companion and sets upper limits on the companion mass of 0.2, 0.35, 0.1 and 0.05 M⊙ at a distance of 0.1-4 AU, 4-6 AU, 6-11 AU, and 11-34 AU, respectively. Our mid-IR measurements, the first of the system since 2012, are consistent with the depleted dust level seen after 2009. THE NEW DATA CONFIRMS THAT STELLAR ACTIVITY IS UNLIKELY TO DESTROY THE DUST IN THE DISK AND SHOWS THAT SCENARIOS WHERE EITHER TYC8241 2652 1 HEATS THE DISK OF A BINARY COMPANION OR A POTENTIAL COMPANION HEATS THE DISK OF TYC8241 2652 1 ARE HIGLY UNLIKELY.
ABSTRACT A central tenet in support of research reproducibility is the ability to uniquely identify research resources, i.e., reagents, tools, and materials that are used to perform experiments. However, current reporting practices for research resources are insufficient to identify the exact resources that are reported or answer basic questions such as “How did other studies use resource X?”. To address this issue, the Resource Identification Initiative was launched as a pilot project to improve the reporting standards for research resources in the methods sections of papers and thereby improve identifiability and reproducibility. The pilot engaged over 25 biomedical journal editors from most major publishers, as well as scientists and funding officials. Authors were asked to include Research Resource Identifiers (RRIDs) in their manuscripts prior to publication for three resource types: antibodies, model organisms, and tools (i.e. software and databases). RRIDs are assigned by an authoritative database, for example a model organism database, for each type of resource. To make it easier for authors to obtain RRIDs, resources were aggregated from the appropriate databases and their RRIDs made available in a central web portal (scicrunch.org/resources). RRIDs meet three key criteria: they are machine readable, free to generate and access, and are consistent across publishers and journals. The pilot was launched in February of 2014 and over 300 papers have appeared that report RRIDs. The number of journals participating has expanded from the original 25 to more than 40. Here, we present an overview of the pilot project and its outcomes to date. We show that authors are able to identify resources and are supportive of the goals of the project. Identifiability of the resources post-pilot showed a dramatic improvement for all three resource types, suggesting that the project has had a significant impact on reproducibility relating to research resources.