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The updated BaSTI stellar evolution models and isochrones. III. White Dwarfs

Salaris, M, Cassisi, S, Pietrinferni, A and Hidalgo, S (2021) The updated BaSTI stellar evolution models and isochrones. III. White Dwarfs. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 509 (4). pp. 5197-5208. ISSN 0035-8711

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We present new cooling models for carbon-oxygen white dwarfs with both H- and He-atmospheres, covering the whole relevant mass range, to extend our updated BaSTI (a Bag of Stellar Tracks and Isochrones) stellar evolution archive. They have been computed using core chemical stratifications obtained from new progenitor calculations, adopting a semiempirical initial-final mass relation. The physics inputs have been updated compared to our previous BaSTI calculations: ^{22}Ne diffusion in the core is now included, together with an updated CO phase diagram, and updated electron conduction opacities. We have calculated models with various different neon abundances in the core, suitable to study white dwarfs in populations with metallicities ranging from super-solar to metal poor, and have performed various tests/comparisons of the chemical stratification and cooling times of our models. Two complete sets of calculations are provided, for two different choices of the electron conduction opacities, to reflect the current uncertainty in the evaluation of the electron thermal conductivity in the transition regime between moderate and strong degeneracy, crucial for the H and He envelopes. We have also made a first, preliminary estimate of the effect -- that turns out to be generally small -- of Fe sedimentation on the cooling times of white dwarf models, following recent calculations of the phase diagrams of carbon-oxygen-iron mixtures. We make publicly available the evolutionary tracks from both sets of calculations, including cooling times and magnitudes in the Johnson-Cousins, Sloan, Pan-STARSS, Galex, Gaia-DR2, Gaia-eDR3, HST-ACS, HST-WFC3, and JWST photometric systems.

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Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2021 The Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords: astro-ph.SR; astro-ph.SR
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2021 11:40
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2022 15:24
DOI or ID number: 10.1093/mnras/stab3359
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15845
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