New insight into the magnetism of degenerate stars from the analysis of a volume-limited sample of white dwarfs

  title={New insight into the magnetism of degenerate stars from the analysis of a volume-limited sample of white dwarfs},
  author={Stefano Bagnulo and John D. Landstreet},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
Many stars evolve into magnetic white dwarfs (MWDs), and observations may help to understand when the magnetic field appears at the stellar surface, if and how it evolves during the cooling phase, and, above all, what are the mechanisms that generate it. After obtaining new spectropolarimetric observations and combining them with previous literature data, we have checked almost the entire population of about 152 WDs within 20 pc from the Sun for the presence of magnetic fields, with a… 

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