August 11-15, 2014


Battle-Scarred Final Masses: White Dwarfs Hacked and Torn by Dying Giants

Jay Farihi (University College London)

Boris Gänsicke (University of Warwick)

We will present evidence for a new evolutionary pathway to create low mass, helium core white dwarfs within a Hubble time. This mechanism is likely to be relatively common, and the implied mass loss enhancement may have subtle or noticeable effects on the mass distribution of white dwarfs.

Mode of presentation: oral