Scientific Rationale

The IAU symposium 357: White Dwarfs as Probes of Fundamental Physics and Tracers of Planetary, Stellar, and Galactic Evolution will be held in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii from Monday October 21 to Friday October 25, 2019. We will cover a wide range of topics related to white dwarf science.

Key Topics:
  • Fundamental physics from observations of white dwarfs
  • White dwarf mass radius relation and degenerate matter
  • White dwarfs in binaries and Type Ia supernovae
  • Composition of extrasolar planetary debris from studies of polluted white dwarfs
  • Dust and gas around white dwarfs
  • Circumstellar material and structure of the local ISM
  • End points of stellar evolution
  • Atomic physics in the laboratory and in white dwarf atmospheres
  • Magnetic fields in white dwarfs