Carnegie Supernova Project: Observations of Type IIn supernovae
2013 (English)In: Astronomy and Astrophysics, ISSN 0004-6361, E-ISSN 1432-0746, Vol. 555, A10- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Aims. The observational diversity displayed by various Type IIn supernovae (SNe IIn) is explored and quantified. In doing so, a more coherent picture ascribing the variety of observed SNe IIn types to particular progenitor scenarios is sought. Methods. Carnegie Supernova Project (CSP) optical and near-infrared light curves and visual-wavelength spectroscopy of the Type IIn SNe 2005kj, 2006aa, 2006bo, 2006qq, and 2008fq are presented. Combined with previously published observations of the Type IIn SNe 2005ip and 2006jd, the full CSP sample is used to derive physical parameters that describe the nature of the interaction between the expanding SN ejecta and the circumstellar material (CSM). Results. For each SN of our sample, we find counterparts, identifying objects similar to SNe 1994W (SN 2006bo), 1998S (SN 2008fq), and 1988Z (SN 2006qq). We present the unprecedented initial u-band plateau of SN 2006aa, and its peculiar late-time luminosity and temperature evolution. For each SN, mass-loss rates of 10(-4)-10(-2) M-circle dot yr(-1) are derived, assuming the CSM was formed by steady winds. Typically wind velocities of a few hundred km s(-1) are also computed. Conclusions. The CSP SN IIn sample seems to be divided into subcategories rather than to have exhibited a continuum of observational properties. The wind and mass-loss parameters would favor a luminous blue variable progenitor scenario. However, the assumptions made to derive those parameters strongly influence the results, and therefore, other progenitor channels behind SNe IIn cannot be excluded at this time.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 555, A10- p.
supernovae: general, stars: winds, outflows, stars: massive
Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-93583DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201321180ISI: 000322008600010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-93583DiVA: diva2:647218
Instrument Centre for Danish Astrophysics (IDA)
NSF AST-0306969, AST-0607438, AST-1008343
Swedish Research Council
CONICYT through FONDECYT 3110142
Millennium Center for Supernova Science P10-064-F
National Aeronautics and Space Administration 2013-09-102013-09-102014-10-28Bibliographically approved