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Systematically Bridging the Gap between Novae and Supernovae

Kasliwal, Mansi M. (2011) Systematically Bridging the Gap between Novae and Supernovae. In: Binary paths to type Ia Supernovae explosions. IAU Symposium Proceedings Series. No.281. Cambridge University Press , Cambridge, pp. 9-16. ISBN 978-1-107-01981-2.

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The venerable study of cosmic explosions is over a century old. However, until recently, there has existed a glaring six-magnitude luminosity gap between the brightest novae and faintest supernovae. To find optical transients that are fainter, faster, and rarer than supernovae, we designed a systematic search: the Palomar Transient Factory. Theorists predict a variety of mechanisms to produce transients in the gap and observers have the best chance of finding them in the local universe. Here I present discoveries and unique physics of cosmic explosions that bridge this gap between novae and supernovae.

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Kasliwal, Mansi M.0000-0002-5619-4938
Additional Information:© 2013 International Astronomical Union. Published online: 17 January 2013. MMK acknowledges support from NASA’s Hubble Fellowship and the Carnegie-Princeton Fellowship. The Palomar Transient Factory is a fully-automated, wide-field survey aimed at a systematic exploration of explosions and variable phenomena in optical wavelengths. The program is centered on a 12Kx8K, 7.8 square degree CCD array (CFH12K) re-engineered for the 1.2-m Oschin Telescope at the Palomar Observatory by Caltech Optical Observatories. Photometric follow-up is undertaken by the automated Palomar 1.5-m telescope and other telescopes provided by consortium members including UC Berkeley, Weizman Institute, Israel, LCOGT and University of Oxford. For more information, see
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Subject Keywords:surveys; stars: novae, cataclysmic variables, supernovae
Series Name:IAU Symposium Proceedings Series
Issue or Number:281
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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