The star formation history in the solar neighborhood as told by massive white dwarfs
Sala Alberto Lobo (ICE building, UAB Campus)
14/06/2019 - 00/00/0000
White dwarfs are the remnants of low and intermediate mass stars. Because of electron degeneracy, their evolution is just a simple gravothermal process of cooling. Recently, thanks to Gaia data, it has been possible to construct the luminosity function of massive (0.9 < M/Msun < 1.1) white dwarfs in the solar neighborhood (d < 100 pc).

Since the lifetime of their progenitors is very short, the birth times of both, parents and daughters, are very close and allow to reconstruct the (effective) star formation rate. This rate started growing from zero during the early Galaxy and reached a maximum 6-7 Gyr ago. It declined and ~5 Gyr ago started to climb once more reaching a maximum 2 - 3 Gyr in the past and decreased since then. There are some traces of a recent star formation burst, but the method used here is not appropriate for recently born white dwarfs.
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Generalitat de CatalunyaUniversitat de BarcelonaUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaConsejo Superior de Investigaciones CientíficasCentres de Recerca de Catalunya