Discovery of High Proper-Motion Ancient White Dwarfs: Nearby Massive Compact Halo Objects?

  title={Discovery of High Proper-Motion Ancient White Dwarfs: Nearby Massive Compact Halo Objects?},
  author={Ibata and Irwin and Bienaym{\'e} and Scholz and Guibert},
  journal={The Astrophysical journal},
  volume={532 1},
  • Ibata, Irwin, +2 authors Guibert
  • Published 7 February 2000
  • Physics, Medicine
  • The Astrophysical journal
We present the discovery and spectroscopic identification of two very high proper-motion ancient white dwarf stars, found in a systematic proper-motion survey. Their kinematics and apparent magnitude clearly indicate that they are halo members, while their optical spectra are almost identical to the recently identified cool halo white dwarf WD 0346+246. Canonical stellar halo models predict a white dwarf volume density that is 2 orders of magnitude less than the rho approximately 7x10-4 M… Expand
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