Volume 645, January 2021
|Number of page(s)||19|
|Section||Catalogs and data|
|Published online||21 December 2020|
White dwarf-open cluster associations based on Gaia DR2
Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Kotlářská 2, 611 37 Brno, Czech Republic
Accepted: 13 October 2020
Context. Fundamental parameters and physical processes leading to the formation of white dwarfs (WDs) may be constrained and refined by discovering WDs in open clusters (OCs). Cluster membership can be utilized to establish the precise distances, luminosities, ages, and progenitor masses of such WDs.
Aims. We compile a list of probable WDs that are OC members in order to facilitate WD studies that are impractical or difficult to conduct for Galactic field WDs.
Methods. We use recent catalogs of WDs and OCs that are based on the second data release of the Gaia satellite mission (GDR2) to identify WDs that are OC members. This crossmatch is facilitated by the astrometric and photometric data contained in GDR2 and the derived catalogs. Assuming that most of the WD members are of the DA type, we estimate the WD masses, cooling ages, and progenitor masses.
Results. We have detected several new likely WD members and reassessed the membership of the literature WDs that had been previously associated with the studied OCs. Several of the recovered WDs fall into the recently reported discontinuity in the initial-final mass relation (IFMR) around Mi ∼ 2.0 M⊙, which allows for tighter constrains on the IFMR in this regime.
Key words: open clusters and associations: general / white dwarfs / catalogs / surveys
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