Optical Studies of the Supernova 1987A
Optical studies of SN 1987A have shown that the luminosity at maximum was unusually faint; that some time after maximum the luminosity started to decline exponentially in a way which was not very different from what would have been expected if 0.07 solar masses of Ni56 had been synthesized to subsequently decay into 56Co and 56Fe; and that the corresponding amount of 56Co appears actually to have been detected spectroscopically. The identification of other products of nucleogenesis is in progress.
KeywordsLight Curve Solar Mass Large Magellanic Cloud Iron Group Element Supernova Envelope
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