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A large stellar evolution database for population synthesis studies: VI. White dwarf cooling sequences

AuthorsSalaris, M.; Isern, Jordi
KeywordsGalaxy: disk
Galaxies: stellar content
Stars: evolution
Stars: interiors
White dwarfs
Issue DateJun-2010
PublisherInstitute of Physics Publishing
American Astronomical Society
CitationAstrophysical Journal 716(2): 1241-1251 (2010)
AbstractWe present a new set of cooling models and isochrones for both H- and He-atmosphere white dwarfs (WDs), incorporating accurate boundary conditions from detailed model atmosphere calculations, and carbon-oxygen chemical abundance profiles based on updated stellar evolution calculations from the BaSTI stellar evolution archive—a theoretical data center for the Virtual Observatory. We discuss and quantify the uncertainties in the cooling times predicted by the models, arising from the treatment of mixing during the central H- and He-burning phases, the number of thermal pulses experienced by the progenitors, progenitor metallicity, and the 12C(α, γ)16O reaction rate. The largest sources of uncertainty turn out to be related to the treatment of convection during the last stages of the progenitor central He-burning phase and the 12C(α, γ)16O reaction rate. We compare our new models to previous calculations performed with the same stellar evolution code, and discuss their application to the estimate of the age of the solar neighborhood and the interpretation of the observed number ratios between H- and He-atmosphere WDs. The new WD sequences and an extensive set of WD isochrones that cover a large range of ages and progenitor metallicities are made publicly available at the official BaSTI Web site.
Description11 páginas, 13 figuras, 1 tabla.-- El Pdf del artículo es la version pre-print: arXiv:1005.1791v1.-- et al.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/716/2/1241
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