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Paper: White dwarf evolution - Cradle-to-grave constraints via pulsation
Volume: 11, Confrontation Between Stellar Pulsation and Evolution
Page: 494
Authors: Kawaler, Steven D.
Abstract: White dwarf evolution, particularly in the early phases, is not very strongly constrained by observation. Fortunately, white dwarfs undergo nonradial pulsation in three distinct regions of the H-R diagram. These pulsations provide accurate masses, surface compositional structure and rotation velocities, and help constrain other important physical properties. We demonstrate the application of the tools of stellar seismology to white dwarf evolution using the hot white dwarf star PG 1159-035 and the cool DAV (or ZZ Ceti) stars as examples. From pulsation studies, significant challenges to the theory of white dwarf evolution emerge.
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