A. Riddle

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, United States

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    ABSTRACT: IR excesses of white dwarfs (WDs) can be used to diagnose the presence of low-mass companions, planets, and circumstellar dust. Using different combinations of wavelengths and WD temperatures, circumstellar dust at different radial distances can be surveyed. The Spitzer Space Telescope has been used to search for IR excesses of white dwarfs. Two types of circumstellar dust disks have been found: (1) small disks around cool WDs with Teff < 20,000 K, and (2) large disks around hot WDs with Teff > 100,000 K. The small dust disks are within the Roche limit, and are commonly accepted to have originated from tidally crushed asteroids. The large dust disks, at tens of AU from the central WDs, have been suggested to be produced by increased collisions among Kuiper Belt-like objects. In this paper, we discuss Spitzer IRAC surveys of small dust disks around cool WDs, a MIPS survey of large dust disks around hot WDs, and an archival Spitzer survey of IR excesses of WDs. Comment: Part of PlanetsbeyondMS/2010 proceedings http://arxiv.org/html/1011.6606v1, Proc. of the workshop on "Planetary Systems beyond the Main Sequence," (Bamberg, August 2010), AIPC in press (eds. S. Schuh, H. Drechsel, and U. Heber). 8 pages, 3 figures, 1 table
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    ABSTRACT: IR excesses of white dwarfs (WDs) can be used to diagnose the presence of low-mass companions, planets, and circumstellar dust. Using different combinations of wavelengths and WD temperatures, circumstellar dust at different radial distances can be surveyed. The Spitzer Space Telescope has been used to search for IR excesses of white dwarfs. Two types of circumstellar dust disks have been found: (1) small disks around cool WDs with T_eff < 20,000 K, and (1) large disks around hot WDs with T_eff > 100,000 K. The small dust disks are within the Roche limit, and are commonly accepted to have originated from tidally crushed asteroids. The large dust disks, at tens of AU from the central WDs, have been suggested to be produced by increased collisions among Kuiper Belt-like objects. In this paper, we discuss Spitzer IRAC surveys of small dust disks around cool WDs, a MIPS survey of large dust disks around hot WDs, and an archival Spitzer survey of IR excesses of WDs. Comment: 6 pages, 2 figures, proceedings paper for EUROWD 2010, (Tuebingen, Germany, August 2010), AIPC in press (eds. K. Werner and T. Rauch)
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  • 2010
    • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
      • Department of Astronomy
      Urbana, IL, United States