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Scaleheights of Low Mass Stars from the Luminosity Function of the Local White Dwarfs
International Astronomical Union Colloquium
It is shown that a combination of the observed luminosity function of the local white dwarfs and the theoretical cooling rates of a typical white dwarf suggests an approximately constant rate of formation of the white dwarfs. This rate is found to be about a factor of three lower than the observed birthrate of their immediate progenitors. This discrepancy is here interpreted as a three-fold increase in the scaleheight of the white dwarfs due to dynamical interaction with stars, moleculardoi:10.1017/s0252921100099486 fatcat:5gynhjuwfvarrjokkjf4lof7vu