The Potential of White Dwarf Cosmochronology

  title={The Potential of White Dwarf Cosmochronology},
  author={Gilles Fontaine and Pierre Brassard and Pierre Bergeron},
  journal={Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific},
In the light of recent significant progress on both the observational and theoretical fronts, we review the status of white dwarf stars as cosmochronometers. These objects represent the end products of stellar evolution for the vast majority of stars and, as such, can be used to constrain the ages of various populations of evolved stars in the Galaxy. For example, the oldest white dwarfs in the solar neighborhood (the remnants of the very first generation of intermediate-mass stars in the… 
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