Supernovae in the Subaru Deep Field: the rate and delay-time distribution of type Ia supernovae out to redshift 2

Or Graur*, Dovi Poznanski, Dan Maoz, Naoki Yasuda, Tomonori Totani, Masataka Fukugita, Alexei V. Filippenko, Ryan J. Foley, Jeffrey M. Silverman, Avishay Gal-Yam, Assaf Horesh, Buell T. Jannuzi

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Abstract

The type Ia supernova (SN Ia) rate, when compared to the cosmic star formation history (SFH), can be used to derive the delay-time distribution (DTD) of SNe Ia, which can distinguish among progenitor models. We present the results of a SN survey in the Subaru Deep Field (SDF). Over a period of 3 years, we have observed the SDF on 4 independent epochs with Suprime-Cam on the Subaru 8.2-m telescope, with 2 nights of exposure per epoch, in the R, i', and z' bands. We have discovered 150 SNe out to redshift z~2. Using 11 photometric bands from the observer-frame far-ultraviolet to the near-infrared, we derive photometric redshifts for the SN host galaxies (for 24 we also have spectroscopic redshifts). This information is combined with the SN photometry to determine the type and redshift distribution of the SN sample. Our final sample includes 28 SNe Ia in the range 1.0
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)916-940
Number of pages25
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume417
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2011

Keywords

  • astro-ph.CO
  • astro-ph.HE

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