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Supernova Environments in Hubble Space Telescope Images

Van Dyk, Schuyler D. and Peng, Chien Y. and Barth, Aaron J. and Filippenko, Alexei V. (2000) Supernova Environments in Hubble Space Telescope Images. In: Cosmic explosions: Tenth Astrophysics Conference. AIP Conference Proceedings. No.522. American Institute of Physics , Melville, N.Y., pp. 151-154. ISBN 1-56396-943-2.

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The locations of supernovae in the local stellar and gaseous environment in galaxies contain important clues to their progenitor stars. Access to this information, however, has been hampered by the limited resolution achieved by ground-based observations. High spatial resolution Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images of galaxy fields in which supernovae had been observed can improve the situation considerably. We have examined the immediate environments of a few dozen supernovae using archival post-refurbishment HST images. Although our analysis is limited due to signal-to-noise ratio and filter bandpass considerations, the images allow us for the first time to resolve individual stars in, and to derive detailed color-magnitude diagrams for, several environments. We are able to place more rigorous constraints on the masses of these supernovae. A search was made for late-time emission from supernovae in the archival images, and for the progenitor stars in presupernova images of the host galaxies. In particular, we highlight the results for the Type II SN 1979C in M100. In addition, we have identified the progenitor of the Type IIn SN 1997bs in NGC 3627. We also add to the statistical inferences that can be made from studying the association of SNe with recent star-forming regions.

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Van Dyk, Schuyler D.0000-0001-9038-9950
Barth, Aaron J.0000-0002-3026-0562
Filippenko, Alexei V.0000-0003-3460-0103
Additional Information:© 2000 American Institute of Physics. Issue Date: 23 June 2000.
Group:Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
Subject Keywords:supernovae, stellar radiation, stellar mass, stellar evolution, stellar photometry, star clusters, H II regions, data analysis
Series Name:AIP Conference Proceedings
Issue or Number:522
Classification Code:PACS: 97.60.Bw
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Official Citation:Supernova environments in Hubble space telescope images Schuyler D. Van Dyk, Chien Y. Peng, Aaron J. Barth, and Alexei V. Filippenko, AIP Conf. Proc. 522, 151 (2000), DOI:10.1063/1.1291708
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