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2012 (English)In: Astrophysical Journal, ISSN 0004-637X, E-ISSN 1538-4357, Vol. 750, no 2, 164- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We report unique Expanded Very Large Array observations of SN 2011fe representing the most sensitive radio study of a Type Ia supernova to date. Our data place direct constraints on the density of the surrounding medium at radii similar to 10(15)-10(16) cm, implying an upper limit on the mass loss rate from the progenitor system of (M) over dot less than or similar to 6x10(-10) M-circle dot yr(-1) (assuming a wind speed of 100 km s(-1)) or expansion into a uniform medium with density n(CSM) less than or similar to 6 cm(-3). Drawing from the observed properties of non-conservative mass transfer among accreting white dwarfs, we use these limits on the density of the immediate environs to exclude a phase space of possible progenitor systems for SN 2011fe. We rule out a symbiotic progenitor system and also a system characterized by high accretion rate onto the white dwarf that is expected to give rise to optically thick accretion winds. Assuming that a small fraction, 1%, of the mass accreted is lost from the progenitor system, we also eliminate much of the potential progenitor parameter space for white dwarfs hosting recurrent novae or undergoing stable nuclear burning. Therefore, we rule out much of the parameter space associated with popular single degenerate progenitor models for SN 2011fe, leaving a limited phase space largely inhabited by some double degenerate systems, as well as exotic single degenerates with a sufficient time delay between mass accretion and SN explosion.

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2012. Vol. 750, no 2, 164- p.
Keyword [en]
binaries: general, circumstellar matter, novae, cataclysmic variables, supernovae: general, supernovae: individual (SN 2011fe)
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-80105DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/750/2/164ISI: 000303446500078OAI: diva2:553401


Available from: 2012-09-19 Created: 2012-09-12 Last updated: 2012-09-19Bibliographically approved

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