The kinematics of white dwarfs from the SDSS DR12
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We use the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 12, which is the largest availablewhite dwarf catalogue to date, to study the evolution of the kinematical properties of the pop-ulation of white dwarfs of the Galactic disk. We derive masses, ages, photometric distances andradial velocities for all white dwarfs with hydrogen-rich atmospheres. For those stars for whichproper motions from the USNO-B1 catalogue are available, the three-dimensional componentsof the velocity are obtained. This subset of the original sample comprises 20,247 stars, makingit the largest sample of white dwarfs with measured three-dimensional velocities. The volumeprobed by our sample is large, allowing us to obtain relevant kinematical information. In partic-ular, our sample extends from a Galactocentric radial distanceRG=7.8 to 9.3 kpc, and verticaldistances from the Galactic plane ranging fromZ=+0.5to–0.5kpc.
CitationGarcia-berro, E. [et al.]. The kinematics of white dwarfs from the SDSS DR12. A: Volume 13, Symposium S334 (Rediscovering our Galaxy). "Rediscovering our Galaxy Proceedings IAU Symposium No. 334, 2017 C. Chiappini, I. Minchev, E. Starkenburg &M.Valentini,eds.". 2018.