Vol 9, No 7

Late-time photometry of two nearby type II-P supernovae: 2004dj and 2004et

Tian-Meng Zhang, Xiao-Feng Wang, Xu Zhou, Jun Ma, Zhao-Ji Jiang, Jiang-Hua Wu, Zhen-Yu Wu, Stéphane Basa


Abstract We present late-time photometry for two bright type II-P supernovae (Sne) 2004dj and 2004et, extending over 400 d after the explosion, which are measured with a set of intermediate-band filters that have the advantage of tracing the strength variations of some spectral features. Although these two SNe II-P exhibit similar photometric evolution at earlier times, they diverge during the nebular phase. SN 2004dj shows a slow late-time decline rate with ∼ 0.7 ± 0.1 mag (100 d)-1 during the period ranging from t ≈ 200 − 300 d after the explosion, while SN 2004et shows a much faster decline rate at a comparable phase, e.g., 1.3 ± 0.1 mag (100 d)-1. The steeper decay rate seen in SN 2004et is likely due to dust formation in the explosion ejecta. Based on intermediate-band photometry, we derived the evolution of the feature lines [e.g., Hα] of SNe 2004dj and 2004et which are similar in flux at comparable phases but perhaps with significantly different decay rates. The origin of the observed variations in the continuum and the feature lines is briefly discussed.


Keywords supernovae: general — supernovae: individual (SN 2004dj, SN 2004et) — techniques: photometric

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