Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 319, 305-317 (2000/November-3)
Radial velocity measurements of white dwarfs.
MAXTED P.F.L., MARSH T.R. and MORAN C.K.J.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present 594 radial velocity measurements for 71 white dwarfs obtained during our search for binary white dwarfs and not reported elsewhere. We identify three excellent candidate binaries, which require further observations to confirm our preliminary estimates for their orbital periods, and one other good candidate. We investigate whether our data support the existence of a population of single, low-mass (≲0.5M☉) white dwarfs (LMWDs). These stars are difficult to explain using standard models of stellar evolution. We find that a model with a mixed single/binary population is at least ∼20 times more likely to explain our data than a pure binary population. This result depends on assumed period distributions for binary LMWDs, assumed companion masses and several other factors. Therefore, the evidence in favour of the existence of a population of single LMWDs is not sufficient, in our opinion, to firmly establish the existence of such a population, but does suggest that extended observations of LMWDs to obtain a more convincing result would be worthwhile.
2000, Royal Astronomical Society
binaries: close - binaries: spectroscopic - white dwarfs