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The Palomar Transient Factory: system overview, performance and first results
The Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) is a fully-automated, wide-field survey aimed at a systematic exploration of the optical transient sky. The transient survey is performed using a new 8.1 squareExpand
Hydrogen-poor superluminous stellar explosions
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Observations of a class of luminous supernovae whose properties cannot be explained by any of the following processes: radioactive decay of freshly synthesized elements, explosion shock in the envelope of a supergiant star, and interaction between the debris and slowly moving, hydrogen-rich circumstellar material. Expand
Chemical evolution of the Galactic bulge as traced by microlensed dwarf and subgiant stars - V. Evidence for a wide age distribution and a complex MDF
Based on high-resolution spectra obtained during gravitational microlensing events we present a detailed elemental abundance analysis of 32 dwarf and subgiant stars in the Galactic bulge. CombinedExpand
Luminous Supernovae
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High-resolution spectroscopy of the supernova PTF 11kx is reported, which was detected on 26 January 2011 by the Palomar Transient Factory survey, and the data suggest a red giant star companion whose material got transferred to the white dwarf. Expand
Relativistic ejecta from X-ray flash XRF 060218 and the rate of cosmic explosions
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Radio and X-ray observations of XRF 060218 (associated with supernova SN 2006aj), the second-nearest GRB identified until now, are reported, showing that this event is a hundred times less energetic but ten times more common than cosmological GRBs. Expand
Supernova SN 2011fe from an exploding carbon–oxygen white dwarf star
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Early observations of type Ia supernova SN 2011fe in the galaxy M101 at a distance from Earth of 6.4 megaparsecs find that the exploding star was probably a carbon–oxygen white dwarf, and from the lack of an early shock it is concluded that the companion was likely a main-sequence star. Expand
An extremely luminous X-ray outburst at the birth of a supernova
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This work reports the serendipitous discovery of a supernova at the time of the explosion, marked by an extremely luminous X-ray outburst, and attributes the outburst to the ‘break-out’ of the supernova shock wave from the progenitor star, and shows that the inferred rate of such events agrees with that of all core-collapse supernovae. Expand
LSST Science Book, Version 2.0
A survey that can cover the sky in optical bands over wide fields to faint magnitudes with a fast cadence will enable many of the exciting science opportunities of the next decade. The Large SynopticExpand
The Supernova Delay Time Distribution in Galaxy Clusters and Implications for Type-Ia Progenitors and Metal Enrichment
Knowledge of the supernova (SN) delay time distribution (DTD)-the SN rate versus time that would follow a hypothetical brief burst of star formation-can shed light on SN progenitors and physics, asExpand
A continuum of H- to He-rich tidal disruption candidates with a preference for E+A galaxies
We present the results of a Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) archival search for blue transients that lie in the magnitude range between "normal" core-collapse and superluminous supernovae (i.e., withExpand
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