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Chandra Observations of Type Ia Supernovae: Upper Limits to the X-Ray Flux of SN 2002bo, SN 2002ic, SN 2005gj, and SN 2005ke
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Astronomy.
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2007 (English)In: The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 670, no 2, 1260-1274 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We set sensitive upper limits to the X-ray emission of four Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) using the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. SN 2002bo, a normal, although reddened, nearby SN Ia, was observed 9.3 days after explosion. For an absorbed, high-temperature bremsstrahlung model the flux limits are 3.2×10-16 ergs cm-2 s-1 (0.5-2 keV band) and 4.1×10-15 ergs cm-2 s-1 (2-10 keV band). Using conservative model assumptions and a 10 km s-1 wind speed, we derive a mass-loss rate of M˙~2×10-5 Msolar yr-1, which is comparable to limits set by the nondetection of Hα lines from other SNe Ia. Two other objects, SN 2002ic and SN 2005gj, observed 260 and 80 days after explosion, respectively, are the only SNe Ia showing evidence for circumstellar interaction. The SN 2002ic X-ray flux upper limits are ~4 times below predictions of the interaction model currently favored to explain the bright optical emission. To resolve this discrepancy, we invoke the mixing of cool dense ejecta fragments into the forward shock region, which produces increased X-ray absorption. A modest amount of mixing allows us to accommodate the Chandra upper limit. SN 2005gj is less well studied at this time. Assuming the same circumstellar environment as for SN 2002ic, the X-ray flux upper limits for SN 2005gj are ~4 times below the predictions, suggesting that mixing of cool ejecta into the forward shock has also occurred here. Our reanalysis of Swift and Chandra data on SN 2005ke does not confirm a previously reported X-ray detection. The host galaxies NGC 3190 (SN 2002bo) and NGC 1371 (SN 2005ke) each harbor a low-luminosity [LX~(3-4)×1040 ergs s-1] active nucleus in addition to widespread diffuse soft X-ray emission.

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2007. Vol. 670, no 2, 1260-1274 p.
Keyword [en]
galaxies: individual (NGC 3190), galaxies: individual (NGC 1371), Stars: Supernovae: General, supernovae: individual (SN 2002bo), Stars: Supernovae: Individual: Alphanumeric: SN 2002ic, supernovae: individual (SN 2005gj), supernovae: individual (SN 2005ke)
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-11925DOI: doi:10.1086/522113OAI: diva2:178444
Available from: 2008-01-14 Created: 2008-01-14 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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