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Title: THE MID-INFRARED LIGHT CURVE OF NEARBY CORE-COLLAPSE SUPERNOVA SN 2011dh (PTF 11eon)

We present Spitzer observations at 3.6 and 4.5 μm of the supernova SN 2011dh (PTF 11eon) in M51 from 18 days to 625 days after explosion. The mid-infrared emission peaks at 24 days after explosion at a few ×10{sup 7} L {sub ☉}, and decays more slowly than the visible-light bolometric luminosity. The infrared color temperature cools for the first 90 days and then is constant. Simple numerical models of a thermal echo can qualitatively reproduce the early behavior. At late times, the mid-IR light curve cannot be explained by a simple thermal echo model, suggesting additional dust heating or line emission mechanisms. We also propose that thermal echoes can serve as effective probes to uncover supernovae in heavily obscured environments, and speculate that under the right conditions, integrating the early epoch of the mid-infrared light curve may constrain the total energy in the shock breakout flash.
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2] ; ; ;  [3]
  1. Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States)
  2. Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science, 813 Santa Barbara St, Pasadena, CA 91101 (United States)
  3. Benoziyo Center for Astrophysics, Faculty of Physics, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100 (Israel)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22364126
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal Letters; Journal Volume: 778; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ASTROPHYSICS; BOLOMETERS; COLOR; DIAGRAMS; GALAXIES; INTERMEDIATE INFRARED RADIATION; LUMINOSITY; PHOTON EMISSION; PROBES; SUPERNOVAE; VISIBLE RADIATION