Infrared photometric analysis of white dwarfs from the Two Micron All Sky Survey and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
TREMBLAY P.-E. and BERGERON P.
Abstract (from CDS):
We review the available near- and mid-infrared photometry for white dwarfs obtained from the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) and by the Spitzer Space Telescope. Both data sets have recently been used to seek white dwarfs with infrared excesses due to the presence of unresolved companions or circumstellar disks, and also to derive the atmospheric parameters of cool white dwarfs. We first attempt to evaluate the reliability of the 2MASS photometry by comparing it with an independent set of published JHK CIT magnitudes for 160 cool white dwarf stars, and also by comparing the data with the predictions of detailed model atmosphere calculations. The possibility of using 2MASS to identify unresolved M dwarf companions or circumstellar disks is then discussed. We also revisit the analysis of 46 binary candidates from Wachter et al. using the synthetic flux method and confirm the large near-infrared excesses in most objects. We perform a similar analysis by fitting Spitzer 4.5 and 8 µm photometric observations of white dwarfs with our grid of model atmospheres, and demonstrate the reliability of both the Spitzer data and the theoretical calculations up to 8 µm. Finally, we search for massive disks resulting from the merger of two white dwarfs in a 2MASS sample composed of 57 massive degenerates, and show that massive disks are uncommon in such stars.
Stars: Binaries: General - Infrared: Stars - Stars: Planetary Systems: Protoplanetary Disks - Stars: Fundamental Parameters - Stars: White Dwarfs
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