The WFCAM transit survey and cool white dwarfs
1 Centre for Astrophysics Research, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield AL 10 9AB, UK
2 Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA, UK
3 Centro de Estudios de Fisica del Cosmos de Aragon (ceFca), 44001 Teruel, Spain
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We present results from our search for cool white dwarfs in the WTS (WFCAM Transit Survey). Repeat observations starting in 2007 allowed to produce deep stacked images in J and measure proper motions. We combine this with deep optical imaging to select cool white dwarf candidates (Teff < 5000 K). About 27 cool white dwarf candidates with proper motions above 0.10 arcsec/yr were identified in one of the fields representing 1/8th of the survey area. Follow-up spectroscopy with the 10.2 m GTC telescope at La Palma confirmed the white dwarf status for all observed candidates. On-going work is being carried out to increase the sample of cool white dwarfs that will allow a more comprehensive study of the thick disk/halo white dwarf population.
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