From shock breakout to peak and beyond: Extensive panchromatic observations of the type Ib supernova 2008D associated with swift x-ray transient 080109

M. Modjaz*, W. Li, N. Butler, R. Chornock, D. Perley, S. Blondin, J. S. Bloom, A. V. Filippenko, R. P. Kirshner, D. Kocevski, D. Poznanski, M. Hicken, R. J. Foley, G. S. Stringfellow, P. Berlind, D. Barrado Y Navascues, C. H. Blake, H. Bouy, W. R. Brown, P. ChallisH. Chen, W. H. De Vries, P. Dufour, E. Falco, A. Friedman, M. Ganeshalingam, P. Garnavich, B. Holden, G. Illingworth, N. Lee, J. Liebert, G. H. Marion, S. S. Olivier, J. X. Prochaska, J. M. Silverman, N. Smith, D. Starr, T. N. Steele, A. Stockton, G. G. Williams, W. M. Wood-Vasey

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We present extensive early photometric (ultraviolet through near-infrared) and spectroscopic (optical and near-infrared) data on supernova (SN) 2008D as well as X-ray data analysis on the associated Swift X-ray transient (XRT) 080109. Our data span a time range of 5 hr before the detection of the X-ray transient to 150days after its detection, and a detailed analysis allowed us to derive constraints on the nature of the SN and its progenitor; throughout we draw comparisons with results presented in the literature and find several key aspects that differ. We show that the X-ray spectrum of XRT 080109 can be fit equally well by an absorbed power law or a superposition of about equal parts of both power law and blackbody. Our data first established that SN 2008D is a spectroscopically normal SN Ib (i.e., showing conspicuous He lines) and showed that SN 2008D had a relatively long rise time of 18days and a modest optical peak luminosity. The early-time light curves of the SN are dominated by a cooling stellar envelope (for Δt0.1-4days, most pronounced in the blue bands) followed by 56Ni decay. We construct a reliable measurement of the bolometric output for this stripped-envelope SN, and, combined with estimates of E K and M ej from the literature, estimate the stellar radius R of its probable Wolf-Rayet progenitor. According to the model of Waxman etal. and Chevalier & Fransson, we derive R W07 = 1.2 0.7R and R CF08 = 12 7 R , respectively; the latter being more in line with typical WN stars. Spectra obtained at three and four months after maximum light show double-peaked oxygen lines that we associate with departures from spherical symmetry, as has been suggested for the inner ejecta of a number of SN Ib cores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-248
Number of pages23
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Distances and redshifts
  • Galaxies
  • General
  • Individual
  • Individual (NGC 2770)
  • Supernovae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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