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An Essay on Possible Precursors of Type I Supernovae

  • Icko IbenJr.
  • Alexander V. Tutukov
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 109)

Abstract

Although it is a fascinating problem that has attracted attention for many years, the origin of type I supernovae (= SNeI) has continued to defy convincing quantitative solution. The absence of clearcut hydrogen and helium lines at maximum light may be interpreted as evidence that presupernovae are highly evolved stars which have lost their original hydrogen-rich envelopes, probably as a consequence of mass exchange in close binaries. SNel are also characterized by uniformity of light curves, spectra, and ejection velocities [(11 ± 2) x 103 km s−1 ]. Another important characteristic of SNel is that they are the only type of supernova which occur in elliptical galaxies, where now all dying stars have masses ≲ 0.8 M⊙ and ages exceeding 1010 yr.

Keywords

Accretion Rate White Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy Planetary Nebula Roche Lobe 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Icko IbenJr.
    • 1
  • Alexander V. Tutukov
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Illinois at Champaign-UrbanaUSA
  2. 2.Astronomical Council of the USSR Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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