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A population synthesis study of the local white dwarf population

  • Santiago Torres (a1) (a2), Florian Nutten (a3), Georgy Skorobogatov (a1) (a2) and Enrique García-Berro (a1) (a2)


White dwarfs are natural cosmochronometers, and this allows us to use them to study relevant properties of the Galaxy, such as its age or its star formation rate history. Here we present a population synthesis study of the white dwarf population within 40 pc from the Sun, and compare the results of this study with the properties of the observed sample. We use a state-of-the-art population synthesis code based on Monte Carlo techniques that incorporates the most recent and reliable white dwarf cooling sequences, an accurate description of the Galactic neighborhood, and a realistic treatment of all the known observational biases.



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