We present a detailed analysis of a population of helium-core white dwarfs in the core of the Galactic globular cluster NGC 6397. We analyze the radial distribution of these objects compared to the distributions of various other populations of known mass within the this cluster. From this comparison we are able to determine the average mass of the helium-core white dwarfs and their possible binary companions. We find that their distribution is inconsistent with the expected mass range of low-mass white dwarfs, but may be explained by the presence of massive companions to these objects. We also analyze the spectral energy distributions of the He-core white dwarfs to place constraints on the nature of their unresolved partners.
American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts #217
- Pub Date:
- January 2011