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Paper: New Grid of Models for ELM WDs Including Element Diffusion and Rotational Mixing
Volume: 509, 20th European Workshop on White Dwarfs (EuroWD16)
Page: 441
Authors: Istrate, A. G.
Abstract: We present our latest results for the modelling of extremely low-mass white dwarfs (ELM WDs) in which, for the first time, we study the combined effects of rotational mixing and element diffusion. In particular, we investigate how their general properties, such as their evolutionary timescales, the hydrogen envelope mass and their surface composition are affected compared to the case when just element diffusion is included. The formation of ELM WDs through the LMXB channel in environments with different metallicities is modelled using the state-of-the-art stellar evolution code MESA. Rotational mixing is found to counteract the effect of gravitational settling in the surface of young, bloated ELM proto-WDs suggesting that it is the key process needed to explain the observed metals (especially calcium) abundances in their atmospheres.
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