First VLT spectra of white dwarfs in a globular cluster

S. Moehler, U. Heber, R. Napiwotzki, D. Koester, A. Renzini

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Abstract

We present the first spectra obtained with the Very Large Telescope for white dwarfs in a globular cluster. Estimates of atmospheric parameters are obtained and compared to evolutionary tracks. We discuss possible implications for the distance scale of globular clusters and white dwarf evolution and demonstrate how white dwarfs might be used to establish an independent distance scale to globular clusters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L75-L78
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Volume354
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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