PI: John P. Subasavage, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, email@example.com
Address: Casilla 603, La Serena, Chile
CoI: Sebastien Lepine, American Museum of Natural History
Title: Identifying New Nearby White Dwarfs in the Southern Hemisphere
Abstract: We propose to use the SMARTS 1.0m Y4KCam and the Goodman Spectrograph at SOAR to spectroscopically confirm nearby white dwarfs (WDs) in the solar neighborhood. By utilizing an extensive list of high proper motion targets from the proprietary SUPERBLINK database in the southern hemisphere, we have identified ~600 candidate WD systems. Using photometric distance relations, we estimate that ~160 are within 40 pc, including ~30 that are within the NStars horizon of interest, 25 pc. Upon spectroscopic confirmation, we intend to select targets estimated to be within 25 pc to be added to the CTIO Parallax Investigation (CTIOPI) to obtain trigonometric parallaxes and ensure sample membership. From these data, we continue to push toward a complete volume-limited sample of WDs that we can evaluate for myriad distributions (e.g., chemical, multiplicity, velocity) and reliably extrapolate to much larger spatial scales within our Galaxy. We are particularly interested in identifying WDs with metal contamination for additional followup.
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