The availability of updated model atmospheres for red supergiants and improvements in single and binary stellar evolution models, together with previously unpublished data, prompted us to revisit the progenitor of the low-luminosity type II-plateau supernova (type IIP SN), SN 2008bk. Using mid-infrared (mid-IR) data in combination with dust models, we find that high-temperature (4250−4500 K), high extinction (E(B − V)> 0.7) solutions are incompatible with the data. We therefore favour a cool (∼3500−3700 K) progenitor with a luminosity of log(L/L⊙) ∼ 4.53. Comparing with evolutionary tracks, we infer progenitor masses in the 8–10 M⊙ range in agreement with some previous studies. This mass is consistent with the observed pattern of low-luminosity type IIP SNe coming from the explosion of red supergiant stars (RSGs) at the lower extremum for core collapse. We also present multi-epoch data for the progenitor, but do not find clear evidence of variability.
|Place of Publication||Astronomy & Astrophysics|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Jan 2021|
- stellar evolution
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