Beacons In the Dark: Using Novae and Supernovae to Detect Dwarf Galaxies in the Local Universe

  title={Beacons In the Dark: Using Novae and Supernovae to Detect Dwarf Galaxies in the Local Universe},
  author={Charlie Conroy and James S Bullock},
  journal={arXiv: Astrophysics of Galaxies},
We propose that luminous transients, including novae and supernovae, can be used to detect the faintest galaxies in the universe. Beyond a few Mpc, dwarf galaxies with stellar masses $<10^6 M_{\odot}$ will likely be too faint and/or too low in surface brightness to be directly detected in upcoming large area ground-based photometric surveys. However, single epoch LSST photometry will be able to detect novae to distances of $\sim30$ Mpc and SNe to Gpc-scale distances. Depending on the form of… 

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