Characterizing the environments of supernovae with MUSE
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We present a statistical analysis of the environments of 11 supernovae (SNe) which occurred in six nearby galaxies (z less than or similar to 0.016). All galaxies were observed with MUSE, the high spatial resolution integral-field spectrograph mounted to the 8 m VLT UT4. These data enable us to map the full spatial extent of host galaxies up to similar to 3 effective radii. In this way, not only can one characterize the specific host environment of each SN, one can compare their properties with stellar populations within the full range of other environments within the host. We present a method that consists of selecting all H (II) regions found within host galaxies from 2D extinction-corrected H alpha emission maps. These regions are then characterized in terms of their Ha equivalent widths, star formation rates and oxygen abundances. Identifying H (II) regions spatially coincident with SN explosion sites, we are thus able to determine where within the distributions of host galaxy e.g. metallicities and ages each SN is found, thus providing new constraints on SN progenitor properties. This initial pilot study using MUSE opens the way for a revolution in SN environment studies where we are now able to study multiple environment SN progenitor dependencies using a single instrument and single pointing.
Artículo de publicación ISI
DOI: DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stv2620
Quote ItemMNRAS 455, 4087–4099 (2016)
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