Submitting Campus

Daytona Beach

Department

Physical Sciences

Document Type

Article

Publication/Presentation Date

Winter 2-7-2001

Abstract/Description

The most recent version of the Catalog of Spectroscopically Identified White Dwarfs lists 2249 white dwarf stars. Among these stars are 109 white dwarfs that have either reliable trigonometric parallaxes or color-based distance moduli that place them at a distance within 20 pc of the Sun. Most of these nearby white dwarfs are isolated stars, but 28 (25% of the sample) are in binary systems, including such well-known systems as Sirius A/B and Procyon A/B. There are also three double degenerate systems in this sample of the local white dwarf population. The sample of local white dwarfs is largely complete out to 13 pc, and the local density of white dwarf stars is found to be 5.0 ± 0.7 × 10-3 pc-3, with a corresponding mass density of 3.4 ± 0.5 × 10-3 M☉ pc-3.

Publication Title

The Astrophysical journal

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1086/339842

Publisher

The Institute of Physics

Additional Information

Dr. Oswalt was not affiliated with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the time this paper was published.

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