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2006ApJS..165..108S - Astrophys. J., Suppl. Ser., 165, 108-137 (2006/July-0)

Cepheid distances to SNe Ia host galaxies based on a revised photometric zero point of the HST WFPC2 and new PL relations and metallicity corrections.


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With this paper we continue the preparation for a forthcoming summary report of our experiment with the HST to determine the Hubble constant using Type Ia supernovae as standard candles. Two problems are addressed. (1) We examine the need for, and determine the value of, the corrections to the apparent magnitudes of our program Cepheids in the 11 previous calibration papers due to sensitivity drifts and charge transfer effects of the HST WFPC2 camera over the life time of the experiment from 1992 to 2001. (2) The corrected apparent magnitudes are applied to all our previous photometric data from which revised distance moduli are calculated for the eight program galaxies that are parents to the calibrator Ia supernovae. Two different Cepheid P-L relations are used; one for the Galaxy and one for the LMC. These differ both in slope and zero point at a fixed period. The procedures for determining the absorption and reddening corrections for each Cepheid are discussed. Corrections for the effects of metallicity differences between the program galaxies and the two adopted P-L relations are derived and applied. The distance moduli derived here for the eight supernovae program galaxies, and for 29 others, average 0.20 mag fainter (more distant) than those derived by Gibson et al. and Freedman et al. in their 2000 and 2001 summary papers for reasons discussed in this paper. The effect on the Hubble constant is the subject of our forthcoming summary paper.

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Journal keyword(s): Stars: Variables: Cepheids - Cosmology: Distance Scale - Galaxies: Distances and Redshifts - Stars: Supernovae: General

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