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First Discovery of Crystallization in White Dwarfs

Crystallization in White dwarf
Crystallization in White dwarf

Information caught by ESA’s galaxy mapping rocket Gaia has uncovered out of the blue how white dwarfs, the dead remainders of stars like our Sun, transform into solid circles as the hot gas inside them chills off.


This procedure of solidification, or crystallization, of the material inside white dwarf was anticipated 50 years back yet it wasn’t until the entry of Gaia that space experts could watch enough of these items with such an exactness to see the example uncovering this procedure.

“Beforehand, we had separations for just a couple of several white dwarfs and a considerable lot of them were in groups, where they all have a similar age,” says Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay from the University of Warwick, UK, lead creator of the paper depicting the outcomes.


“With Gaia we currently have the distance, brilliance and color of white diminutive people for a sizeable example in the external plate of the Milky Way, traversing a scope of introductory masses and a wide range of ages.”


It is in the exact gauge of the distance to these stars that Gaia makes a leap forward, enabling stargazers to check their actual brilliance with remarkable precision.


White dwarf are the remaining parts of medium-sized stars like our Sun. When these stars have consumed all the nuclear fuel in their center, they shed their external layers, abandoning a hot center that begins chilling off.

Hertzsprung-Russell diagram

These ultra-thick remainders still emanate thermal radiation as they cool, and are obvious to space experts as rather dim objects. It is assessed that up to 97 percent of stars in the Milky Way will in the end transform into white dwarfs, while the most gigantic of stars will finish up as neutron stars or black holes.


Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay, et al., “Core crystallization and pile-up in the cooling sequence of evolving white dwarfs,” Nature volume 565, pages 202–205 (2019)

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