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Volume 20, Issue 4


Stark Broadening and White Dwarfs

Milan S. Dimitrijević
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  • Astronomical Observatory, Volgina 7, 11060 Belgrade 38, Serbia France
  • Observatoire de Paris, LERMA, 5 Place Jules Janssen, 92190 Meudon, France
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Published Online: 2017-03-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/astro-2017-0327


White dwarf and pre-white dwarfs are the best types of stars for the application of Stark broadening research results in astrophysics, since in the atmospheres of these stars physical conditions are very favorable for this line broadening mechanism - in hot hydrogen-deficient white dwarfs and pre-white dwarfs Teff = 75 000–180 000 K and log g = 5.5–8 [cgs]. Even for much cooler DA and DB white dwarfs with the typical effective temperatures 10 000-20 000 K, Stark broadening is usually the dominant broadening mechanism. In this review, Stark broadening in white dwarf spectra is considered, and the attention is drawn to the STARK-B database (http://stark-b.obspm.fr/), containing the parameters needed for analysis and synthesis of white dwarf spectra, as well as for the collective efforts to develop the Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Center.

Keywords: stars; white dwarfs; Stark broadening; line profiles; databases


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About the article

Received: 2011-08-08

Accepted: 2011-08-15

Published Online: 2017-03-23

Published in Print: 2011-12-01

Citation Information: Open Astronomy, Volume 20, Issue 4, Pages 495–502, ISSN (Online) 2543-6376, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/astro-2017-0327.

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