The luminosity function for white dwarfs in the SuperCOSMOS Sky Survey

N. R. Rowell, N. C. Hambly, P. Bergeron

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Abstract

We present the techniques and early results of our program to measure the luminosity function for white dwarfs in the SuperCOSMOS Sky Survey. Our survey covers over three quarters of the sky to a mean depth of I ~ 19.2, and finds ~ 9, 500 Galactic disk white dwarf candidates on applying a conservative lower tangential velocity cut of 30 kms-1. Novel techniques introduced in this survey include allowing the lower proper motion limit to vary according to apparent magnitude, fully exploiting the accuracy of proper motion measurements to increase the sample size. Our luminosity function shows good agreement with that measured in similar works. We find a pronounced drop in the local number density of WDs at a Mbol ~ 15.75, and an inflexion in the luminosity function at Mbol ~ 12.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2001
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume172
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2009

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