Testing the initial-final mass relationship of white dwarfs

Silvia Catalan, J. Isern, E. Garcia-Berro, I. Ribas

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    In this contribution we revisit the initial-final mass relationship of white dwarfs, which links the mass of a white dwarf with that of its progenitor in the main-sequence. Although this function is of paramount importance to several fields in modern astrophysics, it is still not well constrained either from the theoretical or the observational points of view. We present here a revision of the present semi-empirical initial-final mass relationship using all the available data and including our recent results obtained from studying white dwarfs in common proper motion pairs. We have also analyzed the results obtained so far to provide some clues on the dependence of this relationship on metallicity. Finally, we have also performed an indirect test of the initial-final mass relationship by studying its effect on the luminosity function and on the mass distribution of white dwarfs.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number012007
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event16th European White Dwarfs Workshop - Barcelona
    Duration: 30 Jun 20084 Jul 2008


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