Tuesday, June 25, 2013

1306.5490 (K. Takaki et al.)

A Luminous and Fast-Expanding Type Ib Supernova SN 2012au    [PDF]

K. Takaki, K. S. Kawabata, M. Yamanaka, K. Maeda, M. Tanaka, H. Akitaya, Y. Fukazawa, R. Itoh, K. Kinugasa, Y. Moritani, T. Ohsugi, M. Sasada, M. Uemura, I. Ueno, T. Ui, T. Urano, M. Yoshida, K. Nomoto
We present a set of photometric and spectroscopic observations of a bright Type Ib supernova SN 2012au from -6d until ~+150d after maximum. The shape of its early R-band light curve is similar to that of an average Type Ib/c supernova. The peak absolute magnitude is M_R=-18.7+-0.2 mag, which suggests that this supernova belongs to a very luminous group among Type Ib supernovae. The line velocity of He I {\lambda}5876 is about 15,000 km/s around maximum, which is much faster than that in a typical Type Ib supernova. From the quasi-bolometric peak luminosity of (6.7+-1.3)x10^(42) erg/s, we estimate the \Ni mass produced during the explosion as ~0.30 Msun. We also give a rough constraint to the ejecta mass 5-7 Msun and the kinetic energy (7-18)x10^(51) erg. We find a weak correlation between the peak absolute magnitude and He I velocity among Type Ib SNe. The similarities to SN 1998bw in the density structure inferred from the light curve model as well as the large peak bolometric luminosity suggest that SN 2012au had properties similar to energetic Type Ic supernovae.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.5490

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