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Microlensing experiments have suggested that a significant part of the dark halo of the Milky Way could be composed of matter in the form of massive compact halo objects (MACHOs). Cool ancient white dwarfs (WDs) are the natural candidates. Here we present a new survey of halo WDs and evaluate the local space density using an accurate kinematic analysis. A comparison to a revaluation of the Oppenheimer et al. result is also provided. the local space density estimated for the two independent samples is about ~ 10–5M⊙pc–3.doi:10.1017/s0074180900183226 fatcat:qizhttzztvckhgcnskpvo2t6ny