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Supernovae Josefine Selj, Dmitry Sharapov, Auni Somero, Linda Östman supervisor: Jesper Sollerman NORDFORSK Summer School on Observational Astrophysics.

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1 Supernovae Josefine Selj, Dmitry Sharapov, Auni Somero, Linda Östman supervisor: Jesper Sollerman NORDFORSK Summer School on Observational Astrophysics at NOT and SST 27.6.-8.7.2006, La Palma, Canarian Islands

2 Outline ● Motivation ● Supernovae – what are they? ● Preparations ● Observations ● Reductions ● Results ● Summary

3 Motivation ● Nucleosynthesis ● Production of neutron stars and black holes ● Origin of cosmic rays ● Interstellar matter ● Induced starformation ● Type Ia – standard candles. Used to measure the expansion of the universe. Are they really reliable?

4 Supernovae ● The spectacular explosions of massive stars ending their lives ● Two different types of progenitors: – thermal burning of a white dwarf binary, Ia – core collapse of massive stars

5 The supernova family tree showing how they are related

6 Supernovae type Ia ● Homogeneous – used as standard candles – By plotting their distance vs their velocities (since they are equally bright!) you find how the Hubble flow has changed. ● Result from a carbon-oxygen white dwarf accreting matter from a close companion star until it reaches the Chandrasekhar limit (1.4 M_s)

7 Supernova type Ia, spectra ● Lack of hydrogen ● Early time spectra exhibit prominent broad peaks and valleys, lines come from O, Mg, Si, S, Ca. Strongest features are Si ll line at 6355 Å and Ca H&K at ~3950 Å ● Nebular phase spectra (~begins 1 month after max) are dominated by forbidden emission lines of Fe ● Late time Ia are powered by the decay of radioactive Co

8 Supernova type II ● Atomic nuclei fused to the end of the road: iron ● No higher radiation pressure, kept up by degeneracy pressure of electrons ● When core exceeds Chandrasekhar limit -> Collapse!

9 Supernova type II, spectra Subclasses and their spectra: -Type II-L - linear decrease in their light curve (linear in magnitude vs time) featureless and blue at early times -Type II-P – reach a plateau in their light curve, featureless and blue at early times. At the plateau one finds strong Balmer lines and Ca ll H&K. Late time spectra have strong H_alpha and emission lines from OI and CaII -Type IIn – narrow emission lines, may be produced by the interaction of the ejecta with dense circumstellar material. Slowly declining light curves.

10 Spectra comparison Spectra of SN2006dh (typical Ia) and SN2006ca (typical type II) Ia has (1) broader features, (2) a Si absorption line at 6355 Å, (3) Ca II abs lines at ~3950 Å II has (1) P Cygni profiles, (2) a strong H_alpha emission line at 6863 Å, (3) Ca II absorption line at 8500, (4) Na I abs line at ~ 5800 Å. The absorption at ~ 7600 Å is atmospheric

11 Preparations Finding our targets - Bright supernovae - Visibility plot - Exposure time estimates - Night schedule - Finding charts What do we want - Spectroscopy, which grism, slit? - Photometry, which filters? Calibration data - fields at same airmass - in right filters and grisms/slits

12 Observations 2/7 ● First half of the night, with ALFOSC: SN2006bp –photometry (BVR) and spectroscopy (gr 4) SN2006cz – photometry (BVR) and spec. (gr 4) SN2006dh – photometry (UBVRi) and spec. (gr 4) SN2006cu – photometry (VR) and spec. (gr 7) + spec. flats (Halogen), arc lamps (He, Ne), twilight flats, photometric and spectroscopic standards. grism #4: 3200 – 9100 Å, grism #7: 3850 – 6850 Å, slit width 1.3”

13 Observations 4/7 Second half of the night, with ALFOSC: SN2006ca – photometry (BVRi) and spec. (grism 4) SN2006cm – photometry (VR) and spec. (grism 4) SN2006dm –photometry (R) and spec. (grism 4) SN2005hk – photometry (UBVRi) and spec. (grism 4) + spec. flats, arclamps, twilight flats, spectroscopic and photometric standards

14 Observations 6/7 First three hours of the night, with NOTCam: - SN2005dh – photometry (JKsH) - twilight flats and standard field 3x3 dithering (10' between each images) with offset of 3' to North and 30” to the West for sky We managed to use autoguiding

15 Data reduction ● The most time consuming part of this project so far... ● IRAF for data reduction (zerocombine, flatcombine, ccdproc) – photometry: phot, – spectroscopy: apall, identify, hedit, dispcor, calibrate – IR: Amanda's scripts ● IDL for plotting the spectra

16 SN2005hk, type Ia Our first main target: SN2005hk, old special type Ia –What is special: very narrow lines -> small velocities –Resembels SN2002cx (low expansion velocities, slow late time declination. Premitted Fell lines and possible OI in late spectra, many narrow lines, late time spectra looks like early time spectra) –Spectral energy distribution of SN2005hk and the young SN2006dh –Spectra of SN2005hk and a young Ia, SN2006dh –Lightcurve of SN2005hk and SN2002cx

17 Comparing energy vs frequency for SN2005hk and SN2006dh, plotted for BVRi

18 Lightcurve for SN2005hk. Our points are the last four, the second last date is from D1.5 at la Silla. Here: B (black), V-1 (green), R+2 (blue) and i-3(red)

19 Comparing the lightcurves of SN2005hk and SN2002cx

20 Spectrum of SN2005hk and the young type Ia SN2006dh

21 SN2006dm, Ia – almost new! Filippenko classified it first, but we could give additional information -> CBET circular, confirming that it is a type Ia, most similar to the subluminous SN2000dk. The comparison spectra:


23 SN2006cz, type Ia Resembles 91T – overluminous Photometry – BVR – slightly broader lightcurve

24 SN2006dh, young type Ia ● This supernova we looked at in all available filters; UBVRi JHKs

25 J Ks H IR observations of SN 2006dh

26 Energy distribution of 2006dh

27 Spectrum of SN 2006dh Ia Broad peaks and valleys Ca II H&K 3955 Å abs line Si II at 6355 Å abs Fe II (visible after 2 weeks) O,Mg,Si,S,Ca

28 SN2006cm, type Ia Doesn't look like a typical Ia (needs a closer look) Overluminous Older than the other Ia spectra we have looked at

29 SN2006bp, type II-P A supernova in the nebular phase - when the ejected matter becomes optically thin. Late time emission is powered by radioactive decay of Co and Fe. Photometry B (green) V (red) R (yellow)

30 Spectra of SN2006ca and SN2006bp (both type II)

31 Spectrum of SN2006cu, type IIn Note: this spectrum is off in the wavelength calibration Narrow emission lines, may result from dense circumstellar material. H_alpha emission line at 6563Å H_beta 4861 Balmer emission lines

32 Summary ● We observed 8 SNe of several different types – both typical and peculiar

33 Twinkle twinkle little star Now we know just what you are Making atoms in your core Helium and many more Twinkle twinkle little star Now we know just what you are. Twinkle twinkle little star How I've wondered what WE are Now I know you're made of dust Now I know you're just like us Twinkle twinkle, oh so far Now I know I am a star. ● We did both photometry and spectroscopy – optical and infrared ● More detailed analysis to be done

34 Summary

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