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The superluminous supernova PS1-11ap: bridging the gap between low and high redshift

McCrum, M., Smartt, S. J., Kotak, R., Rest, A., Jerkstrand, A., Inserra, C., Rodney, S. A., Chen, T.-W., Howell, D. A., Huber, M. E., Pastorello, A., Tonry, J. L., Bresolin, F., Kudritzki, R.-P., Chornock, R., Berger, E., Smith, K., Botticella, M. T., Foley, R. J., Fraser, M., Milisavljevic, D., Nicholl, M., Riess, A. G., Stubbs, C. W., Valenti, S., Wood-Vasey, W. M., Wright, D., Young, D. R., Drout, M., Czekala, I., Burgett, W. S., Chambers, K. C., Draper, P., Flewelling, H., Hodapp, K. W., Kaiser, N., Magnier, E. A., Metcalfe, N., Price, P. A., Sweeney, W. and Wainscoat, R. J. 2014. The superluminous supernova PS1-11ap: bridging the gap between low and high redshift. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 437 (1) , pp. 656-674. 10.1093/mnras/stt1923

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Abstract

We present optical photometric and spectroscopic coverage of the superluminous supernova (SLSN) PS1-11ap, discovered with the Pan-STARRS1 Medium Deep Survey at z = 0.524. This intrinsically blue transient rose slowly to reach a peak magnitude of Mu = −21.4 mag and bolometric luminosity of 8 × 1043 erg s−1 before settling on to a relatively shallow gradient of decline. The observed decline is significantly slower than those of the SLSNe-Ic which have been the focus of much recent attention. Spectroscopic similarities with the lower redshift SN2007bi and a decline rate similar to 56Co decay time-scale initially indicated that this transient could be a candidate for a pair instability supernova (PISN) explosion. Overall the transient appears quite similar to SN2007bi and the lower redshift object PTF12dam. The extensive data set, from 30 d before peak to 230 d after, allows a detailed and quantitative comparison with published models of PISN explosions. We find that the PS1-11ap data do not match these model explosion parameters well, supporting the recent claim that these SNe are not pair instability explosions. We show that PS1-11ap has many features in common with the faster declining SLSNe-Ic, and the light-curve evolution can also be quantitatively explained by the magnetar spin-down model. At a redshift of z = 0.524, the observer-frame optical coverage provides comprehensive rest-frame UV data and allows us to compare it with the SLSNe recently found at high redshifts between z = 2 and 4. While these high-z explosions are still plausible PISN candidates, they match the photometric evolution of PS1-11ap and hence could be counterparts to this lower redshift transient.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0035-8711
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 January 2019
Date of Acceptance: 6 October 2013
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 11:46
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/118803

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