2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

Light Curve Analysis of SN2011fe
Timothy Sullivan
Dr. Vayujeet Gokhale, Faculty Mentor

We present light curve analysis of Type Ia supernova SN2011fe covering a period of three months with about 50 nights of data. Type Ia supernovae are of significant importance as standard candles because of their high and predictable intrinsic luminosity. In our study, we collected data in Blue, Visual, and Infrared filters. For every night, we had 15 minutes of exposure time in each filter, giving us a total exposure time of about 12 hours in each filter. We analyze the light curves we generated in each filter and estimate the change in temperature of the supernova over time by examining the evolution of the difference in the B and V magnitudes. Finally, we compare our light curves with published theoretical light curves of Type Ia supernovae.

Keywords: Light, curve, supernova, photometry, Type Ia

Topic(s):Astronomy

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 406-2
Location: MG 1096
Time: 2:45

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