A search for supernova light echoes in NGC 6946 with SITELLE Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • ABSTRACT We present the analysis of 4 h of spectroscopic observations of NGC 6946 with the SITELLE Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer on the Canada–France–Hawaii Telescope, acquired to search for supernova light echoes from its 10 modern supernovae. We develop a novel spectroscopic search method: identifying negatively sloped continua in the narrow-band SN3 filter as candidate highly broadened P-Cygni profiles in the H α line, which would be characteristic of the spectra of supernova ejecta. We test our methodology by looking for light echoes from any of the 10 supernovae observed in NGC 6946 in the past 100 yr. We find no evidence of light echoes above the survey surface brightness limit of 1 × 10−15 erg s−1 cm−2arcsec−2.

publication date

  • September 21, 2020