Possible evidence of asymmetry in SN 2007rt, a type IIn supernova

C. Trundle, A. Pastorello, S. Benetti, R. Kotak, S. Valenti, I. Agnoletto, F. Bufano, M. Dolci, N. Elias-Rosa, T. Greiner, D. Hunter, F. P. Keenan, V. Lorenzi, K. Maguire, S. Taubenerger

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An optical photometric and spectroscopic analysis of the slowly-evolving type IIn SN 2007rt is presented, covering a duration of 481 days after discovery. Its earliest spectrum, taken approximately 100 days after the explosion epoch, indicates the presence of a dense circumstellar medium, with which the supernova ejecta is interacting. This is supported by the slowly-evolving light curve. A notable feature in the spectrum of SN 2007rt is the presence of a broad He i 5875 line, not usually detected in type IIn supernovae. This may imply that the progenitor star has a high He/H ratio, having shed a significant portion of its hydrogen shell via mass-loss. An intermediate resolution spectrum reveals a narrow Ha P-Cygni profile, the absorption component of which has a width of 128 km s-1. This slow velocity suggests that the progenitor of SN 2007rt recently underwent mass-loss with wind speeds comparable to the lower limits of those detected in luminous blue variables. Asymmetries in the line profiles of H and He at early phases bears some resemblance to double-peaked features observed in a number of Ib/c spectra. These asymmetries may be indicative of an asymmetric or bipolar outflow or alternatively dust formation in the fast expanding ejecta. In addition, the late time spectrum, at over 240 days post-explosion, shows clear evidence for the presence of newly formed dust.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)945-958
Number of pages14
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number3
Early online date27 May 2009
Publication statusPublished - 04 Sept 2009

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  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics


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