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Paper: The Population of White Dwarf Binaries with Hot Subdwarf Companions
Volume: 493, 19th European Workshop on White Dwarfs
Page: 475
Authors: Geier, S.; Kupfer, T.; Heber, U.; Barlow, B. N.; Maxted, P. F. L.; Heuser, C.; Schaffenroth, V.; Ziegerer, E.; Østensen, R. H. O.; Gänsicke, B. T.
Abstract: Hot subdwarfs (sdBs) are core helium-burning stars, which lost almost their entire hydrogen envelope in the red-giant phase. Since a high fraction of those stars are in close binary systems, common envelope ejection is an important formation channel. We identified a total population of 51 close sdB+WD binaries based on time-resolved spectroscopy and multi-band photometry, derive the WD mass distribution and constrain the future evolution of these systems. Most WDs in those binaries have masses significantly below the average mass of single WDs and a high fraction of them might therefore have helium cores. We found 12 systems that will merge in less than a Hubble time and evolve to become either massive C/O WDs, AM CVn systems, RCrB stars or even explode as supernovae type Ia.
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