Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 452, 765-773 (2015/September-1)
An independent test of the photometric selection of white dwarf candidates using LAMOST DR3.
GENTILE FUSILLO N.P., REBASSA-MANSERGAS A., GANSICKE B.T., LIU X.-W., REN J.J., KOESTER D., ZHAN Y., HOU Y., WANG Y. and YANG M.
Abstract (from CDS):
In previous work by Gentile Fusillo et al., we developed a selection method for white dwarf candidates which makes use of photometry, colours and proper motions to calculate a probability of being a white dwarf (PWD). The application of our method to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) data release 10 resulted in ≃ 66000 photometrically selected objects with a derived PWD, approximately ≃ 21000 of which are high-confidence white dwarf candidates. Here, we present an independent test of our selection method based on a sample of spectroscopically confirmed white dwarfs from the Large Sky Area Multi-Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) survey. We do this by cross-matching all our ≃ 66000 SDSS photometric white dwarf candidates with the over 4 million spectra available in the third data release of LAMOST. This results in 1673 white dwarf candidates with no previous SDSS spectroscopy, but with available LAMOST spectra. Among these objects, we identify 309 genuine white dwarfs. We find that our PWD can efficiently discriminate between confirmed LAMOST white dwarfs and contaminants. Our white dwarf candidate selection method can be applied to any multiband photometric survey and in this work we conclusively confirm its reliability in selecting white dwarfs without recourse to spectroscopy. We also discuss the spectroscopic completeness of white dwarfs in LAMOST, as well as deriving effective temperatures, surface gravities and masses for the hydrogen-rich atmosphere white dwarfs in the newly identified LAMOST sample.
© 2015 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2015)
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