August 11-15, 2014


White dwarf pulsations in LSST

Keaton Bell (The University of Texas at Austin)

Chuck Claver (NOAO), M. H. Montgomery (UT-Austin), D. E. Winget (UT-Austin)

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is projected to begin full science operations in 2023. It will photometrically observe roughly 35 million white dwarfs in the southern sky to a single-visit depth of r = 24.5, obtaining parallax, proper motion, and 6-filter color measurements on the brighter 13 million. Perhaps most excitingly, LSST will revisit every field 1000 times over its 10-year operation, creating massive potential for variable white dwarf science. We highlight the beginning steps in our work to build a pipeline for interpreting LSSTís nightly data products in order to comprehensively understand pulsation statistics throughout the multi-parameter color-space of every white dwarf instability regime. We anticipate assessing variability in tens of thousands of white dwarf pulsators.

Mode of presentation: oral