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Paper: Understanding White Dwarf Binary Evolution with White Dwarf/Main Sequence Binaries: First Results from SEGUE
Volume: 372, 15th European Workshop on White Dwarfs
Page: 459
Authors: Schreiber, M.R.; Nebot Gomez-Moran, A.; Schwope, A.D.
Abstract: Close white dwarf binaries make up a wide variety of objects such as double white dwarf binaries, which are possible SN Ia progenitors, cataclysmic variables, super soft sources, or AM CVn stars. The evolution and formation of close white dwarf binaries crucially depends on the rate at which angular momentum is extracted from the binary orbit. The two most important sources of angular momentum loss are the common envelope phase and magnetic braking. Both processes are so far poorly understood. Observational population studies of white dwarf/main sequence binaries provide the potential to significantly progress with this situation and to clearly constrain magnetic braking and the CE-phase. However, the current population of white dwarf/main sequence binaries is highly incomplete and heavily biased towards young systems containing hot white dwarfs. The SDSSII/SEGUE collaboration awarded us with five fibers per plate pair in order to fill this gap and to identify the required unbiased sample of old white dwarf/main sequence binaries. The success rate of our selection criteria exceeds 65% and during the first ten months we have identified 41 new systems, most of them belonging to the missed old population.
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