UBVRI Light curves of 44 Type Ia supernovae

Saurabh Jha, Robert P. Kirshner, Peter Challis, Peter M. Garnavich, Thomas Matheson, Alicia M. Soderberg, Genevieve J.M. Graves, Malcolm Hicken, João F. Alves, Héctor G. Arce, Zoltan Balog, Pauline Barmby, Elizabeth J. Barton, Perry Berlind, Ann E. Bragg, César Briceño, Warren R. Brown, James H. Buckley, Nelson Caldwell, Michael L. CalkinsBarbara J. Carter, Kristi Dendy Concannon, R. Hank Donnelly, Kristoffer A. Eriksen, Daniel G. Fabricant, Emilio E. Falco, Fabrizio Fiore, Michael R. Garcia, Mercedes Gómez, Norman A. Grogin, Ted Groner, Paul J. Groot, Karl E. Haisch, Lee Hartmann, Carl W. Hergenrother, Matthew J. Holman, John P. Huchra, Ray Jayawardhana, Diab Jerius, Sheila J. Kannappan, Dong Woo Kim, Jan T. Kleyna, Christopher S. Kochanek, Daniel M. Koranyi, Martin Krockenberger, Charles J. Lada, Kevin L. Luhman, Jane X. Luu, Lucas M. Macri, Jeff A. Mader, Andisheh Mahdavi, Massimo Marengo, Brian G. Marsden, Brian A. Mcleod, Brian R. Mcnamara, S. Thomas Megeath, Dan Moraru, Amy E. Mossman, August A. Muench, Jose A. Muñoz, James Muzerolle, Orlando Naranjo, Kristin Nelson-Patel, Michael A. Pahre, Brian M. Patten, James Peters, Wayne Peters, John C. Raymond, Kenneth Rines, Rudolph E. Schild, Gregory J. Sobczak, Timothy B. Spahr, John R. Stauffer, Robert P. Stefanik, Andrew H. Szentgyorgyi, Eric V. Tollestrup, Petri Väisänen, Alexey Vikhlinin, Zhong Wang, S. P. Willner, Scott J. Wolk, Joseph M. Zajac, Ping Zhao, Krzysztof Z. Stanek

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We present UBVRI photometry of 44 Type la supernovae (SNe la) observed from 1997 to 2001 as part of a continuing monitoring campaign at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The data set comprises 2190 observations and is the largest homogeneously observed and reduced sample of SNe la to date, nearly doubling the number of well-observed, nearby SNe la with published multicolor CCD light curves. The large sample of [U-band photometry is a unique addition, with important connections to SNe la observed at high redshift. The decline rate of SN la U-band light curves correlates well with the decline rate in other bands, as does the U - B color at maximum light. However, the U-band peak magnitudes show an increased dispersion relative to other bands even after accounting for extinction and decline rate, amounting to an additional ∼40% intrinsic scatter compared to the B band.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)527-554
Number of pages28
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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