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NTT and NOT spectroscopy of SDSS-II supernovae
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics. Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmo Particle Physics (OKC).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics. Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmo Particle Physics (OKC). (CoPS)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics. Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmo Particle Physics (OKC).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics. Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmo Particle Physics (OKC).
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2011 (English)In: Astronomy and Astrophysics, ISSN 0004-6361, E-ISSN 1432-0746, Vol. 526, A28- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Context. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey II (SDSS-II) Supernova Survey, conducted between 2005 and 2007, was designed to detect a large number of type Ia supernovae around z ~ 0.2, the redshift "gap" between low-z and high-z supernova searches. The survey has provided multi-band (ugriz) photometric lightcurves for variable targets, and supernova candidates were scheduled for spectroscopic observations, primarily to provide supernova classification and accurate redshifts. We present supernova spectra obtained in 2006 and 2007 using the New Technology Telescope (NTT) and the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT).

Aims: We provide an atlas of supernova spectra in the range z = 0.03-0.32 that complements the well-sampled lightcurves from SDSS-II in the forthcoming three-year SDSS supernova cosmology analysis. The sample can, for example, be used for spectral studies of type Ia supernovae, which are critical for understanding potential systematic effects when supernovae are used to determine cosmological distances.

Methods: The spectra were reduced in a uniform manner, and special care was taken in estimating the uncertainties for the different processing steps. Host-galaxy light was subtracted when possible and the supernova type fitted using the SuperNova IDentification code (SNID). We also present comparisons between spectral and photometric dating using SALT lightcurve fits to the photometry from SDSS-II, as well as the global distribution of our sample in terms of the lightcurve parameters: stretch and colour.

Results: We report new spectroscopic data from 141 type Ia supernovae, mainly between -9 and +15 days from lightcurve maximum, including a few cases of multi-epoch observations. This homogeneous, host-galaxy subtracted, type Ia supernova spectroscopic sample is among the largest such data sets and unique in its redshift interval. The sample includes two potential SN 1991T-like supernovae (SN 2006on and SN 2007ni) and one potential SN 2002cx-like supernova (SN 2007ie). In addition, the new compilation includes spectra from 23 confirmed type II and 8 type Ib/c supernovae.

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2011. Vol. 526, A28- p.
Keyword [en]
methods: observational, techniques: spectroscopic, supernovae: general, surveys, cosmology: observations
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
Research subject
Physics; Astronomy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-56782DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201015704ISI: 000286458400040OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-56782DiVA: diva2:413042
Available from: 2011-04-27 Created: 2011-04-27 Last updated: 2012-01-25Bibliographically approved
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1. Spectral Properties of Type Ia Supernovae and Implications for Cosmology
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Spectral Properties of Type Ia Supernovae and Implications for Cosmology
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Type Ia supernovae can, for a short period of time, reach the same brightness as an entire galaxy. They are responsible for the creation of a large fraction of all heavy elements and can be used, as standard candles, to prove that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. Yet, we do not fully understand them.

A basic picture where Type Ia supernovae are caused by thermonuclear explosions of white dwarfs is generally accepted, but the details are still debated. These unknowns propagate into systematic uncertainties in the estimates of cosmological parameters. A Monte Carlo framework, SMOCK, designed to model this error propagation, is presented. Evolution with time/distance and the nature of reddening are studied as the dominant astrophysical uncertainties.

Optical spectra of Type Ia supernovae contain a wealth of information regarding the nature of these events, and can be used both to understand supernovae and to limit the systematic uncertainties in cosmological parameter estimates. We have reduced spectra observed with the Nordic Optical Telescope and the New Technology Telescope in conjunction with the SDSS-II supernova survey, and compared spectral properties (pseudo-Equivalent Widths and line velocities) of this sample with local supernovae.We have further studied possible systematic difficulties in such comparisons between nearby and distant supernovae, caused by noise and host galaxy contamination.Taking such uncertainties into account, we find a tentative evolution in supernova properties with redshift, compatible with expected demographic changes. Correlations with light curve shape found by other studies are confirmed. A tentative correlation with light curve colour is also presented. The latter could indicate an intrinsic component of the observed reddening, i.e. independent of interstellar dust in the host galaxy.

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Stockholm: Department of Physics, Stockholm University, 2011. 81 p.
Keyword
cosmology, spectroscopy, supernovae
National Category
Physical Sciences Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
Research subject
Physics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-56785 (URN)978-91-7447-300-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2011-05-27, lecture room FB42, AlbaNova universitetscentrum, Roslagstullsbacken 21, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 4: Accepted. Available from: 2011-05-05 Created: 2011-04-27 Last updated: 2011-04-29Bibliographically approved
2. Extragalactic extinction and spectral properties of Type Ia supernovae
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Extragalactic extinction and spectral properties of Type Ia supernovae
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The use of Type Ia supernovae as standardisable candles for probing cosmological parameters with high precision requires good knowledge about how the supernova light is affected along the line of sight and how the intrinsic brightness varies between objects. The work in this thesis addresses these topics.

One potential problem is if there is an evolution of the intrinsic brightness of Type Ia supernovae with redshift. To investigate this we have compared spectral features of intermediate-redshift supernovae with local ones. No redshift evolution could be detected up to z = 0.3. Correlations of the strength of some of the spectral features with supernova colour and lightcurve shape were found, in particular for the feature which primarily is a product of SiII 4130 absorption.

Another difficulty concerns dust present in the line of sight which could both dim and redden the supernovae. We investigated dust extinction in distant galaxies by comparing the colours of background quasars with what is expected for different types of dust. A wide range of fitted values of Rv, the total-to-selective extinction ratio, was found, indicating that the dust properties in other galaxies could potentially be different from the Milky Way value, Rv ~ 3.1.

The light could also be affected by an intergalactic dust population with an almost flat extinction curve. We found, using quasar observations, that any dimming larger than 0.2 magnitudes in the rest-frame B-band for a Type Ia supernova at z = 1 is ruled out. If the intergalactic dust has an extinction law similar to the one in the Milky Way, the corresponding limit would be 0.03 magnitudes.

Another problem is that if axions exist, photons could be converted to axions over large cosmological distances, in the presence of magnetic fields, leading to a dimming of distant objects. For some model parameters, a dimming as large as 0.6 magnitudes for a Type Ia supernova at z = 1 would be allowed from quasar observations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Physics, Stockholm University, 2009. 112 p.
Keyword
Type Ia supernovae, cosmology, spectroscopy, dust extinction, quasars, axions
National Category
Physical Sciences
Research subject
Physics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-29521 (URN)978-91-7155-912-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2009-10-02, sal FA32, AlbaNova universitetscentrum, Roslagstullsbacken 21, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 4: In progress. Paper 5: In progress.Available from: 2009-09-10 Created: 2009-09-03 Last updated: 2011-04-27Bibliographically approved

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