Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 368, 391-397 (2001/3-3)
The brightness of SN 1991T and the uniformity of decline-rate and colour corrected absolute magnitudes of supernovae Ia.
RICHTLER T., JENSEN J.B., TONRY J., BARRIS B. and DRENKHAHN G.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present a distance to NGC 4527
, the host galaxy of the type Ia SN 1991T
, measured by surface brightness fluctuations. This supernova has been labelled ``peculiar'' both on the grounds of its spectroscopic behaviour and its apparent overluminosity with respect to other supernovae. The distance modulus to NGC 4527
and thus to SN 1991T
is 30.26±0.09. This relatively short distance largely removes the discrepancy with other Ia supernovae having similar light-curve characteristics and also removes the motivation for interpreting SN 1991T
as a super-Chandrasekhar explosion. However, the reddening uncertainty results in significant uncertainty of the absolute magnitudes. We show further that, although the intrinsic absolute magnitudes among Ia supernovae are quite different, their brightness, corrected for decline-rate and colour, shows a high degree of uniformity, including underluminous events like SN1991bg
. In particular, the present data do not support a significant difference between corrected SNe Ia luminosities in late-type and early-type host galaxies.
supernovae: general - supernovae: individual: SN 1991T - galaxies: individual: NGC 4527 - distance scale
View the reference in ADS
To bookmark this query, right click on this link: simbad:2001A&A...368..391R and select 'bookmark this link' or equivalent in the popup menu