The volumetric rate of calcium-rich transients in the local universe

C. Frohmaier, M. Sullivan, K. Maguire, P. E. Nugent

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We present a measurement of the volumetric rate of 'calcium-rich' optical transients in the local universe, using a sample of three events from the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF). This measurement builds on a detailed study of the PTF transient detection efficiencies, and uses a Monte Carlo simulation of the PTF survey. We measure the volumetric rate of calcium-rich transients to be higher than previous estimates: 1.21+1.13−0.39×10−5 events yr−1 Mpc−3. This is equivalent to 33-94% of the local volumetric type Ia supernova rate. This calcium-rich transient rate is sufficient to reproduce the observed calcium abundances in galaxy clusters, assuming an asymptotic calcium yield per calcium-rich event of ~0.05M. We also study the PTF detection efficiency of these transients as a function of position within their candidate host galaxies. We confirm as a real physical effect previous results that suggest calcium-rich transients prefer large physical offsets from their host galaxies.
Original languageEnglish
Article number50
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2018


  • astro-ph.HE
  • galaxies: clusters: general
  • galaxies: clusters: intracluster medium
  • supernovae: general
  • RCUK
  • STFC


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