ESC observations of SN 2005cf - I. Photometric evolution of a normal Type Ia supernova

Andrea Pastorello, S. Taubenberger, N. Elias-Rosa, P.A. Mazzali, G. Pignata, E. Cappellaro, G. Garavini, S. Nobili, G.C. Anupama, D.D.R. Bayliss, S. Benetti, F. Bufano, N.K. Chakradhari, Rubina Kotak, A. Goobar, H. Navasardyan, F. Patat, D.K. Sahu, M. Salvo, B.P. SchmidtV. Stanishev, M. Turatto, W. Hillebrandt

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We present early-time optical and near-infrared photometry of supernova (SN) 2005cf. The observations, spanning a period from about 12 d before to 3 months after maximum, have been obtained through the coordination of observational efforts of various nodes of the European Supernova Collaboration and including data obtained at the 2-m Himalayan Chandra Telescope. From the observed light curve we deduce that SN 2005cf is a fairly typical SN Ia with a post-maximum decline [Delta m(15)(B)(true) = 1.12] close to the average value and a normal luminosity of M-B,M-max = -19.39 +/- 0.33. Models of the bolometric light curve suggest a synthesized Ni-56 mass of about 0.7 M-circle dot. The negligible host galaxy interstellar extinction and its proximity make SN 2005cf a good Type Ia SN template.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1301-1316
Number of pages16
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007

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  • Space and Planetary Science


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