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A reconnaissance of the possible donor stars to the Kepler supernova

Kerzendorf, Wolfgang; Childress, Michael; Scharwachter, Julia; Do, Tuan

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The identity of Type Ia supernova progenitors remains a mystery, with various lines of evidence pointing toward either accretion from a nondegenerate companion or the rapid merger of two degenerate stars leading to the thermonuclear destruction of a white dwarf. In this paper, we spectroscopically scrutinize 24 of the brightest stars residing in the central 38″ × 38″ of the SN 1604 (Kepler) supernova remnant to search for a possible surviving companion star. We can rule out, with high...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/68926
Source: Astrophysical Journal, The
DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/782/1/27

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