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Stars lose mass as they age, and understanding mass loss is important for understanding stellar evolution. The initial-final mass relation (IFMR) is the relationship between a white dwarf’s initial mass on the main sequence and its final mass. We have developed a new method for fitting the IFMR based on a Bayesian analysis of photometric observations, combining deterministic models of stellar evolution in an internally coherent way. No mass data are used. Our method yields precise inferences (with uncertainties) for a parameterized linear IFMR. Our method can also return posterior distributions of white dwarf initial and final masses.
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NASA grant No. 10-ADAP10-0076, NSF grants DMS 09-07522 and 09-07185
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Stein, N., Hippel, T. v., Dyk, D. v., DeGennaro, S., Jeffery, E., & Jefferys, B. (2023). Bayesian Inference for the White Dwarf Initial-Final Mass Relation. , (). Retrieved from https://commons.erau.edu/publication/2047