Interesting Thermonuclear & Core-Collapse Supernovae
Supernovae are the incredibly energetic explosions of stars at the end of their lives. Supernovae are largely responsible for creating chemical elements heavier than Iron, distributing them throughout the cosmos, and further triggering new bursts of star formation. Every element in our body and in planet Earth began its own life in the distant past inside of a star, and many of these elements came to be part of you by way of a supernova. There are two main kinds of supernovae, including thermonuclear disruptions of white dwarf stars, and core-collapse supernovae, which result from the gravitational collapse of stars more than ~8 times as massive as our sun. With my collaborators at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
and elsewhere, I have obtained near-infrared observations of dozens of supernova of all types, which contributed to larger multi-wavelength photometric and spectroscopic studies of these fascinating objects, in order to help learn about the underlying physical nature of these brilliant and cataclysmic celstial events which are so crucial to our existence.
SN 2012cg: Evidence for Interaction Between a Normal Type Ia Supernova and a Non-Degenerate Binary Companion, Marion, G.H. + 2015, The Astrophysical Journal submitted, (arXiv:1507.07261)
High Density Circumstellar Interaction in the Luminous Type IIn SN 2010jl: The first 1100 days, Fransson, C. + 2014, The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 197, Issue 2, Article id. 118, 40 pp.
Multi-color Optical and NIR Light Curves of 64 Stripped-Envelope Core-Collapse Supernovae , Bianco, F. + 2014, The Astrophysical Journal Supplement, Volume 213, Issue 2, Article id. 19, 21 pp. (arXiv:1405.1428) (DOI)
Type IIb Supernova SN 2011dh: Spectra and Photometry from the Ultraviolet to the Near-Infrared, Marion, G.H. + 2014, The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 781, Issue 2, Article id. 69, 18 pp.
A Panchromatic View of the Restless SN 2009ip Reveals the Explosive Ejection of a Massive Star Envelope, Margutti, R. + 2014, The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 780, Issue 1, Article id. 21, 38 pp. (arXiv:1306.0038) (DOI)
The Fast and Furious Decay of the Peculiar Type-I Supernova 2005ek, Drout, M. + 2013, The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 774, Issue 1, article id. 58, 18 pp.
PS1-12sk is a Peculiar Supernova From a He-Rich Progenitor System in a Brightest Cluster Galaxy Environment, Sanders, N.E. + 2013, The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 769, Issue 1, 39, 15 pp.
From Shock Breakout to Peak
and Beyond: Extensive Panchromatic Observations of the Type Ib Supernova 2008D Associated
with Swift X-ray Transient 080109, Modjaz, M. + 2009, The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 702, Issue 1, pp. 226-248
SN 2008ha: An Extremely Low Luminosity
and Exceptionally Low Energy Supernova, Foley, R.J. + 2009, The Astronomical Journal, Vol. 138, Issue 2, pp. 376-391
The Golden Standard Type Ia Supernova
2005cf: Observations from the Ultraviolet to the Near-Infrared Wavebands,
Wang, X. + 2009, The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 697, Issue 1, pp. 380-408