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Title: Optical observations of the fast declining Type Ib supernova iPTF13bvn
Authors: Srivastav, S
Anupama, G. C
Sahu, D. K
Keywords: Supernovae: general;Supernovae: individual: iPTF13bvn;Galaxies: individual: NGC 5806
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 445, No. 2, pp. 1932-1941
Abstract: We present optical UBVRI photometry and medium resolution spectroscopy of the Type Ib supernova iPTF13bvn, spanning a phase of ∼−13 d to +71 d with respect to B-band maximum. The post-maximum decline rates indicate a fast decline with Δm15(B) = 1.82. Correcting for a Galactic extinction E(B − V)MW = 0.045 and host galaxy extinction of E(B − V)host = 0.17, the absolute V-band magnitude peaks at MV = −17.23 ± 0.20. The bolometric light curve indicates that ∼0.09 M⊙ of 56Ni was synthesized in the explosion. The earliest spectrum (−13 d) shows the presence of He i 5876 Å feature at a velocity of ∼15 000 km s−1, which falls rapidly by the time the SN approaches the epoch of B-band maximum. The photospheric velocity near maximum light, as indicated by the Fe ii 5169 Å feature, is ∼9000 km s−1. The estimate for the 56Ni mass, together with the estimates for the ejected mass (Mej) and kinetic energy of the explosion (Ek) indicate that iPTF13bvn is a low-luminosity Type Ib supernova, with a lower than average ejected mass and kinetic energy. Our results suggest that the progenitor of iPTF13bvn is inconsistent with a single Wolf–Rayet star.
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