Gaia will identify several 105 white dwarfs, most of which will be in the solar neighborhood at distances of a few hundred parsecs. Ground-based optical follow-up spectroscopy of this sample of stellar remnants is essential to unlock the enormous scientific potential it holds for our understanding of stellar evolution, and the Galactic formation history of both stars and planets.
Multi-Object Spectroscopy in the Next Decade: Big Questions, Large Surveys, and Wide Fields
- Pub Date:
- October 2016