The death of massive stars – I. Observational constraints on the progenitors of Type II-P supernovae

@article{Smartt2008TheDO,
  title={The death of massive stars – I. Observational constraints on the progenitors of Type II-P supernovae},
  author={Steven J. Smartt and Jan J. Eldridge and R. Mark Crockett and J. R. Maund Queen's University Belfast IoA and Cambridge Dark Cosmology Centre and Copenhagen},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  year={2008},
  volume={395},
  pages={1409-1437}
}
The progenitors of many type II core-collapse supernovae have now been identified directly on pre-discovery imaging. Here we present an extensive search for the progenitors of type Ibc supernovae in all available pre-discovery imaging since 1998. There are 12 type Ibc supernovae with no detections of progenitors in either deep ground-based or Hubble Space Telescope archival imaging. The deepest absolute BV R magnitude limits are between 4 m and 5 m . We compare these limits with the observed… 

Observational Constraints on the Progenitors of Core-Collapse Supernovae: The Case for Missing High-Mass Stars

  • S. Smartt
  • Physics
    Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
  • 2015
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