|Authors||Jarrod R. Hurley, Michael M. Shara|
|Affiliation||Department of Astrophysics, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024|
|Accepted by||Astrophysical Journal|
We find that over time the dynamical evolution of the cluster - mass-segregation, stellar interactions and tidal stripping - hampers the use of white dwarfs as tracers of the initial mass function, and also leads to a significant enhancement of the white dwarf mass fraction.
Future observations of star clusters should be conducted slightly interior to the half-mass radius of the cluster in order to best obtain information about the cluster age and initial mass function from the white dwarf luminosity function. The evolution of binary stars and the cluster environment must necessarily be accounted for when studying the white dwarf populations of dynamically evolved star clusters.