White Dwarfs: Cosmological and Galactic Probes

  • Edward M. Sion
  • Stéphane Vennes
  • Harry L. Shipman

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 332)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Halo White Dwarfs and Galactic Structure

    1. G. Fontaine, P. Bergeron, P. Brassard
      Pages 3-13
    2. Enrique Garcia-Berro, Santiago Torres, Francesca Figueras, Jordi Isern
      Pages 15-24
    3. J. Isern, E. Garcia-Berro, M. Salaris, I. Dominguez
      Pages 25-30
    4. D. Carollo, A. Spagna, M.G. Lattanzi, R.L. Smart, B. McLean, S.T. Hodgkin et al.
      Pages 31-39
    5. C. Reylé, M. Crézé, V. Mohan, A. C. Robin, J.-C. Cuillandre, O. Le Fèvre et al.
      Pages 41-48
    6. Stéphane Vennes, Adéla Kawka, Scott M. Croom, Brian J. Boyle, Robert J. Smith, Tom Shanks et al.
      Pages 49-60
    7. S. Moehler, D. Koester, U. Heber, R. Napiwotzki, M. Zoccali, F.R. Ferraro et al.
      Pages 73-77
    8. T. S. Metcalfe, M. H. Montgomery, D. E. Winget
      Pages 79-83
    9. Terry D. Oswalt, Kyle Johnston, Merissa Rudkin, John Bochanski, Justin Schaefer, Elizabeth Wennerstrom
      Pages 85-90
  3. Type Ia Supernovae

    1. Alexei V. Filippenko
      Pages 97-133
    2. Christopher A. Tout
      Pages 135-151
    3. R. Napiwotzki, C.A. Karl, G. Nelemans, L. Yungelson, N. Christlieb, H. Drechsel et al.
      Pages 153-162
    4. Dayal Wickramasinghe, Christopher A. Tout, Enikő Regős, Jarrod Hurley, Onno Pols
      Pages 175-189
  4. Cataclysmic Variables and White Dwarf Accretion

    1. Brian Warner, Patrick A. Woudt
      Pages 197-203
    2. Paula Szkody, Edward M. Sion, Boris T. Gänsicke
      Pages 205-210
    3. Brian Warner
      Pages 211-215
    4. Edward M. Sion, Paula Szkody
      Pages 217-223
    5. Patrick A. Woudt, Brian Warner
      Pages 225-232
    6. Adéla Kawka, Stéphane Vennes
      Pages 243-249
    7. Alon Retter, Alexander Liu, Marc Bos
      Pages 251-259
  5. Concluding Remarks

    1. Harry Shipman, Edward Sion, Stéphane Vennes
      Pages 261-263
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 265-267

About this book


The emphasis on white dwarf stars and cosmology arises from the most recent advances in cosmological and galactic structure research in which white dwarf stars are playing a very prominent role. Examples are Type Ia supernovae (i.e. white dwarf supernovae), the origin and evolution of the universe, the age of the galactic disk, cosmochronology using white dwarfs in globular clusters and galactic clusters, and the physics of accretion onto compact (very dense) stars. As an assisting guide to the reader, we have included, by invitation, comprehensive review articles in each of the four major areas of the book, white dwarf supernovae, cosmology, accretion physics and galactic structure. The reviews include introductory material that they build upon.

The book is suitable and most useful to advanced undergraduates, graduate students and scientific professionals (e.g. astronomers, astrophysicists, cosmologists, physicists).


Bulge Cosmology Star Type Ia supernovae Universe White dwarf stars accretion physics cosmochronology

Editors and affiliations

  • Edward M. Sion
    • 1
  • Stéphane Vennes
    • 2
  • Harry L. Shipman
    • 3
  1. 1.Villanova UniversityVillanovaUSA
  2. 2.Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.University of DelawareNewarkUSA

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