Journal Article

Stellar forensics — I. Cooling curves

Brad M. S. Hansen and E. Sterl Phinney

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 294, issue 4, pages 557-568
Published in print March 1998 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online March 1998 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Stellar forensics — I. Cooling curves

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The presence of low-mass, degenerate secondaries in millisecond pulsar binaries offers the opportunity to determine an age for the binary system independently of the rotational properties of the pulsar. To this end, we present here a detailed calculation of the evolution of a grid of low-mass (< 0.5 M) helium core white dwarfs. We investigate the effects of different hydrogen layer masses and provide results for well-known optical bandpasses. We supplement the OPAL opacity calculations with our own calculations for low effective temperatures (Teff < 6000 K) and also provide fitting formulae for the gravity as a function of mass and effective temperature. In Paper II we apply these results to individual cases.

Keywords: binaries: general; stars: evolution; stars: fundamental parameters; white dwarfs

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Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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