ANCIENT PLANETARY SYSTEMS ARE ORBITING A LARGE FRACTION OF WHITE DWARF STARS

@article{Zuckerman2010ANCIENTPS,
  title={ANCIENT PLANETARY SYSTEMS ARE ORBITING A LARGE FRACTION OF WHITE DWARF STARS},
  author={B. Zuckerman and C. Melis and B. Klein and D. Koester and M. Jura},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2010},
  volume={722},
  pages={725-736}
}
  • B. Zuckerman, C. Melis, +2 authors M. Jura
  • Published 2010
  • Physics
  • The Astrophysical Journal
  • Infrared studies have revealed debris likely related to planet formation in orbit around ~30% of youthful, intermediate mass, main-sequence stars. We present evidence, based on atmospheric pollution by various elements heavier than helium, that a comparable fraction of the white dwarf descendants of such main-sequence stars are orbited by planetary systems. These systems have survived, at least in part, through all stages of stellar evolution that precede the white dwarf. During the time… CONTINUE READING
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