Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 100, Issue 1–2, pp 471–473 | Cite as

Mass distribution of DA white dwarfs

  • D. Koester
Letters to the Editor

Abstract

Several weak points in a recent paper by Guseinovet al. (1983) are discussed that cast doubt on their conclusions regarding mean masses and the mass distribution of DA white dwarfs. A selection effect in a magnitude limited sample (Shipman, 1979) is studied in detail and found to be of minor importance for DA.

Keywords

Mass Distribution Limited Sample Selection Effect Weak Point Minor Importance 

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Koester
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  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische Physik und Sternwarte der Universität KielF.R.G.

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