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Disappearance of the Progenitor of Supernova iPTF13bvn

Folatelli, Gastón and Van Dyk, Schuyler D. and Kuncarayakti, Hanindyo and Maeda, Keiichi and Bersten, Melina C. and Nomoto, Ken'ichi and Pignata, Giuliano and Hamuy, Mario and Quimby, Robert M. and Zheng, WeiKang and Filippenko, Alexei V. and Clubb, Kelsey I. and Smith, Nathan and Elias-Rosa, Nancy and Foley, Ryan J. and Miller, Adam A. (2016) Disappearance of the Progenitor of Supernova iPTF13bvn. Astrophysical Journal, 825 (2). Art. No. L22. ISSN 0004-637X. doi:10.3847/2041-8205/825/2/L22.

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Supernova (SN) iPTF13bvn in NGC 5806 was the first Type Ib SN to have been tentatively associated with a progenitor in pre-explosion images. We performed deep ultraviolet (UV) and optical Hubble Space Telescope observations of the SN site ~740 days after explosion. We detect an object in the optical bands that is fainter than the pre-explosion object. This dimming is likely not produced by dust absorption in the ejecta; thus, our finding confirms the connection of the progenitor candidate with the SN. The object in our data is likely dominated by the fading SN, implying that the pre-SN flux is mostly due to the progenitor. We compare our revised pre-SN photometry with previously proposed models. Although binary progenitors are favored, models need to be refined. In particular, to comply with our deep UV detection limit, any companion star must be less luminous than a late-O star or substantially obscured by newly formed dust. A definitive progenitor characterization will require further observations to disentangle the contribution of a much fainter SN and its environment.

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Van Dyk, Schuyler D.0000-0001-9038-9950
Maeda, Keiichi0000-0003-2611-7269
Nomoto, Ken'ichi0000-0001-9553-0685
Pignata, Giuliano0000-0003-0006-0188
Quimby, Robert M.0000-0001-9171-5236
Zheng, WeiKang0000-0002-2636-6508
Filippenko, Alexei V.0000-0003-3460-0103
Elias-Rosa, Nancy0000-0002-1381-9125
Miller, Adam A.0000-0001-9515-478X
Additional Information:© 2016 American Astronomical Society. Received 2016 April 22; revised 2016 May 25; accepted 2016 June 2; published 2016 July 5. This research is supported by grants GO-13684, GO-13822, and AR-14295 from STScI, which is operated by AURA, Inc., under NASA contract NAS5-26555. A.V.F.'s group is also grateful for funding through NSF grant AST-1211916, the TABASGO Foundation (KAIT and research support), the Sylvia & Jim Katzman Foundation, Clark and Sharon Winslow, and the Christopher R. Redlich Fund. This research is supported by the WPI Initiative MEXT (Japan), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) KAKENHI grants 26800100 (K.M.) 23224004, and 26400222 (K.N.), and by the JSPS Open Partnership Bilateral Joint Research Project between Japan and Chile (K.M.). M.H., G.P., and H.K. acknowledge support from the Millennium Institute of Astrophysics (grant IC120009). H.K. also acknowledges FONDECYT grant 3140563. N.E.R. is supported by PRIN-INAF 2014. R.J.F. acknowledges support from NSF grant AST–1518052 and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. A.A.M. acknowledges support by NASA (Hubble Fellowship grant HST-HF-51325.01, under contract NAS 5-26555). Many UC Berkeley undergraduate students helped obtain Lick/Nickel data. Research at Lick Observatory is partially supported by a generous gift from Google.
Group:Palomar Transient Factory
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Sylvia and Jim Katzman FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Clark and Sharon Winslow FundUNSPECIFIED
Christopher R. Redlich FundUNSPECIFIED
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)UNSPECIFIED
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)26800100
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)23224004
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)26400222
Iniciativa Científica Milenio del Ministerio de Economía, Fomento y TurismoIC120009
Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Científico y Tecnológico (FONDECYT)3140563
Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)UNSPECIFIED
Alfred P. Sloan FoundationUNSPECIFIED
NASA Hubble FellowshipHST-HF-51325.01
NASANAS 5-26555
Subject Keywords:galaxies: individual (NGC 5806) ; stars: evolution; supernovae: general; supernovae: individual (iPTF13bvn)
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Official Citation:Gastón Folatelli et al 2016 ApJ 825 L22
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Deposited By: Ruth Sustaita
Deposited On:09 Sep 2016 18:03
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