We investigate the use of a narrowband DDO51 filter for photometric identification of cool white dwarfs. We report photometric observations of 30 known cool white dwarfs with temperatures ranging from 10,000 K down to very cool temperatures (3500 K). Follow-up spectroscopic observations of a sample of objects selected using this filter and our photometric observations show that DDO51 filter photometry can help select cool white dwarf candidates for follow-up multiobject spectroscopy by rejecting 65% of main-sequence stars with the same broadband colors as the cool white dwarfs. This technique is not selective enough to efficiently feed single-object spectrographs. We present the white dwarf cooling sequence using this filter. Our observations show that very cool white dwarfs form a sequence in the r DDO versus r z color-color diagram and demonstrate that significant improvements are needed in white dwarf model atmospheres.
The Astronomical Journal
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Grant or Award Name
National Science Foundation grant 0307315
Scholarly Commons Citation
Kilic, M., Winget, D. E., von Hippel, T., & Claver, C. F. (2004). Photometric Identification of Cool White Dwarfs. The Astronomical Journal, 128(4). Retrieved from https://commons.erau.edu/publication/216