Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 100, Issue 1–2, pp 369–379 | Cite as

On the correlation between supernova occurrence and nuclear activity in elliptical galaxies

  • R. K. Kochhar
  • T. P. Prabhu


We show that there is a correlation between the occurrence of supernovae and nuclear activity in elliptical galaxies. Both shun a canonical elliptical and occur only in those ellipticals which accrete gas. We also show that the hypothesis that all SNI come from short-lived stars is consistent with the colour observations of elliptical galaxies. We propose that there is a class of intrisically rounder, massive, dusty, metal-rich ellipticals which produce supernovae and are more likely to contain a radio source.


Colour Radio Source Elliptical Galaxy Nuclear Activity Colour Observation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. K. Kochhar
    • 1
  • T. P. Prabhu
    • 1
  1. 1.Indian Institute of AstrophysicsBangaloreIndia

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