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    A Critical Examination of Halo White Dwarf Candidates

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    A detailed analysis of halo white dwarf candidates is presented, which is based on model atmosphere fits to observed energy distributions built from photoelectric or photographic magnitudes. Most of the candidates identified in reduced proper motion diagrams are shown to be too warm (Teff > 5000 K) and most likely too young to be members of the galactic halo, while the tangential velocities of the cooler and thus older white dwarfs are shown to be entirely consistent with the disk population. The results suggest that some white dwarf stars born in the young disk may have high velocities with respect to the local standard of rest. Such objects could represent the remnants of donor stars from close mass-transfer binaries that produced type Ia supernovae via the single degenerate channel, or other scenarios suggested in the literature. Ongoing surveys that rely solely on reduced proper motion diagrams are likely to identify more of these high velocity young degenerates, rather than to unveil the old white dwarf population of the galactic halo. The importance of infrared photometry for studying extremely cool white dwarfs is also emphasized.Comment: Accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal, 16 pages, 9 figure

    Lattice Diagram polynomials in one set of variables

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    The space Mμ/i,jM_{\mu/i,j} spanned by all partial derivatives of the lattice polynomial Δμ/i,j(X;Y)\Delta_{\mu/i,j}(X;Y) is investigated in math.CO/9809126 and many conjectures are given. Here, we prove all these conjectures for the YY-free component Mμ/i,j0M_{\mu/i,j}^0 of Mμ/i,jM_{\mu/i,j}. In particular, we give an explicit bases for Mμ/i,j0M_{\mu/i,j}^0 which allow us to prove directly the central {\sl four term recurrence} for these spaces.Comment: 15 page

    President Bergeron\u27s 96th Commencement Address

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    In her first Commencement address at the College, President Bergeron tells the Class of 2014 that she wants to call out three qualities she has witnessed that make up what she would call the Connecticut College difference

    President Bergeron\u27s 103rd Convocation Address - Homegoing

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    Combinatorics of r-Dyck paths, r-Parking functions, and the r-Tamari lattices

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    This paper's aim is to present recent combinatorial considerations on r-Dyck paths, r-Parking functions, and the r-Tamari lattices. Giving a better understanding of the combinatorics of these objects has become important in view of their (conjectural) role in the description of the graded character of the Sn-modules of bivariate and trivariate diagonal coinvariant spaces for the symmetric group.Comment: 36 pages, 12 figure

    President Bergeron\u27s 101st Convocation Address - Pathways to a Stronger College

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