SN 2009bb: A peculiar broad-lined Type Ic supernova

Giuliano Pignata, Maximilian Stritzinger, Alicia Soderberg, Paolo Mazzali, M. M. Phillips, Nidia Morrell, J. P. Anderson, Luis Boldt, Abdo Campillay, Carlos Contreras, Gastón Folatelli, Francisco Förster, Sergio González, Mario Hamuy, Wojtek Krzeminski, José Maza, Miguel Roth, Francisco Salgado, Emily M. Levesque, Armin RestJ. Adam Crain, Andrew C. Foster, Joshua B. Haislip, Kevin M. Ivarsen, Aaron P. La Cluyze, Melissa C. Nysewander, Daniel E. Reichart

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Ultraviolet, optical, and near-infrared photometry and optical spectroscopy of the broad-lined Type Ic supernova (SN) 2009bb are presented, following the flux evolution from-10 to +285 days past B-band maximum. Thanks to the very early discovery, it is possible to place tight constraints on the SN explosion epoch. The expansion velocities measured from near maximum spectra are found to be only slightly smaller than those measured from spectra of the prototype broad-lined SN 1998bw associated with GRB 980425. Fitting an analytical model to the pseudobolometric light curve of SN 2009bb suggests that 4.1 ± 1.9M of material was ejected with 0.22 ± 0.06 M of it being 56Ni. The resulting kinetic energy is 1.8 ± 0.7 × 1052 erg. This, together with an absolute peak magnitude of Mb =-18.36 ±0.44, places SN2009bb on the energetic and luminous end of the broad-lined Type Ic (SN Ic) sequence. Detection of helium in the early time optical spectra accompanied with strong radio emission and high metallicity of its environment makes SN 2009bb a peculiar object. Similar to the case for gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), we find that the bulk explosion parameters of SN 2009bb cannot account for the copious energy coupled to relativistic ejecta, and conclude that another energy reservoir (a central engine) is required to power the radio emission. Nevertheless, the analysis of the SN 2009bb nebular spectrum suggests that the failed GRB detection is not imputable to a large angle between the line-of-sight and the GRB beamed radiation. Therefore, if a GRB was produced during the SN 2009bb explosion, it was below the threshold of the current generation of γ-ray instruments.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2011


  • Galaxies: individual (NGC 3278)
  • Supernovae: general
  • Supernovae: individual (SN 2009bb)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Pignata, G., Stritzinger, M., Soderberg, A., Mazzali, P., Phillips, M. M., Morrell, N., Anderson, J. P., Boldt, L., Campillay, A., Contreras, C., Folatelli, G., Förster, F., González, S., Hamuy, M., Krzeminski, W., Maza, J., Roth, M., Salgado, F., Levesque, E. M., ... Reichart, D. E. (2011). SN 2009bb: A peculiar broad-lined Type Ic supernova. Astrophysical Journal, 728(1).