The search for failed supernovae with the Large Binocular Telescope: first candidates

@article{Gerke2015TheSF,
  title={The search for failed supernovae with the Large Binocular Telescope: first candidates},
  author={J. Gerke and C. Kochanek and K. Stanek},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  year={2015},
  volume={450},
  pages={3289-3305}
}
We are monitoring 27 galaxies within 10 Mpc using the Large Binocular Telescope to search for failed supernovae (SNe), massive stars that collapse to form a black hole without a SN explosion. We present the results from the first 4 years of survey data, during which these galaxies were observed to produce 3 successful core-collapse SNe. We search for stars that have "vanished" over the course of our survey, by examining all stars showing a decrease in luminosity of $\Delta \nu L_{\nu} \ge 10… Expand

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