Halo white dwarfs and baryonic dark matter

B. D. Fields, G. J. Mathews, D. N. Schramm

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We describe the formation of hot intergalactic gas along with baryonic remnants in galaxy halos. In this scenario, the mass and metallicity of the hot intracluster and intragroup gas relates directly to the production of baryonic remnants during the collapse of galactic halos. We construct a schematic but self-consistent model in which early bursts of star formation lead to a large remnant population in the halo, and to the outflow of stellar ejecta into the halo and ultimately the Local Group. We consider local as well as high redshift constraints on this scenario. This study suggests that the microlensing objects in the Galactic halo may predominantly be ∼ 0.5M white dwarfs, assuming that the initial mass function for early star formation favored the formation of intermediate mass stars with m ≳ 1M. However, the bulk of the baryonic dark matter in this scenario is associated with the ejecta of the white dwarf progenitors, and resides in the hot intergalactic medium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-224
Number of pages6
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Dark matter
  • Galaxies:evolution
  • Galaxies:halos
  • Intergalactic medium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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