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RADIO OBSERVATIONS REVEAL A SMOOTH CIRCUMSTELLAR ENVIRONMENT AROUND THE EXTRAORDINARY TYPE Ib SUPERNOVA 2012au
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2014 (English)In: Astrophysical Journal, ISSN 0004-637X, E-ISSN 1538-4357, Vol. 797, no 1, 2- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We present extensive radio and X-ray observations of SN 2012au, an energetic, radio-luminous supernova of Type Ib that exhibits multi-wavelength properties bridging subsets of hydrogen-poor superluminous supernovae, hypernovae, and normal core-collapse supernovae. The observations closely follow models of synchrotron emission from a shock-heated circumburst medium that has a wind density profile (rho alpha r(-2)). We infer a sub-relativistic velocity for the shock wave v approximate to 0.2 c and a radius of r approximate to 1.4 x 10(16) cm at 25 days after the estimated date of explosion. For a wind velocity of 1000 km s(-1), we determine the mass-loss rate of the progenitor to be M = 3.6 x 10(-6) M-circle dot yr(-1), consistent with the estimates from X-ray observations. We estimate the total internal energy of the radio-emitting material to be E approximate to 10(47) crg, which is intermediate to SN 1998bw and SN 2002ap. The evolution of the radio light curve of SN 2012au is in agreement with its interaction with a smoothly distributed circumburst medium and the absence of stellar shells ejected from previous outbursts out to r approximate to 10(17) cm from the supernova site. We conclude that the bright radio emission from SN 2012au was not dissimilar from other core-collapse supernovae despite its extraordinary optical properties, and that the evolution of the SN 2012au progenitor star was relatively quiet, marked with a steady mass loss, during the final years preceding explosion.

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2014. Vol. 797, no 1, 2- p.
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radiation mechanisms: non-thermal, radio continuum: general, supernovae: general, supernovae: individual (SN 2012au)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111395DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/797/1/2ISI: 000345915000002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-111395DiVA: diva2:775808
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Available from: 2015-01-05 Created: 2015-01-02 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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