Why you should care about white dwarf stars
Patrick Dufour
Université de Montréal



More than 95% of the stars in the Universe will eventually end up as white dwarf stars. Although they are currently more numerous than all the stars with 1 solar mass and above combined, they receive a relatively small share of the astronomical community attention (unless they happen to explode as a type Ia supernova). Yet, these fascinating objects have a lot to teach us about stellar evolution, planets, fundamental physics and much more. In this presentation, I will review some of most interesting topics that my group and I have recently investigated and try to convince you that they are more than just boring little dim objects.