The Infrared Light Curve of SN 2011fe in M101 and the Distance to M101

Type Journal Article
Names T. Matheson, R. R. Joyce, L. E. Allen, A. Saha, D. R. Silva, W. M. Wood-Vasey, J. J. Adams, R. E. Anderson, T. L. Beck, M. C. Bentz, M. A. Bershady, W. S. Binkert, K. Butler, M. A. Camarata, A. Eigenbrot, M. Everett, J. S. Gallagher, P. M. Garnavich,
Publication The Astrophysical Journal
Volume 754
Pages 19
Journal Abbreviation The Astrophysical Journal
Date July 1, 2012
DOI 10.1088/0004-637X/754/1/19;
ISSN 0004-637X
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Abstract We present near-infrared light curves of supernova (SN) 2011fe in M101, including 34 epochs in H band starting 14 days before maximum brightness in the B band. The light curve data were obtained with the WIYN High-Resolution Infrared Camera. When the data are calibrated using templates of other Type Ia SNe, we derive an apparent H-band magnitude at the epoch of B-band maximum of 10.85 ± 0.04. This implies a distance modulus for M101 that ranges from 28.86 to 29.17 mag, depending on which absolute calibration for Type Ia SNe is used.
Tags galaxies: distances and redshifts, galaxies: individual: M101, supernovae: individual: SN 2011fe
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