Imaging and Demography of the Host Galaxies of High-Redshift Type Ia Supernovae Academic Article uri icon


  • We present the results of a study of the host galaxies of high-redshift Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia). We provide a catalog of 18 hosts of SNe Ia observed with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) by the High-z Supernova Search Team, including images, scale lengths, measurements of integrated (Hubble-equivalent) BVRIZ photometry in bands where the galaxies are brighter than m ≈ 25 mag, and galactocentric distances of the supernovae. We compare the residuals of SN Ia distance measurements from cosmological fits with measurable properties of the supernova host galaxies that might be expected to correlate with variable properties of the progenitor population, such as host-galaxy color and position of the supernova. We find mostly null results; the current data are generally consistent with no correlations of the distance residuals with host-galaxy properties in the redshift range 0.42 < z < 1.06. Although a subsample of SN hosts shows a formally significant (3 σ) correlation between apparent V-R host color and distance residuals, the correlation is not consistent with the null results from other host colors probed by our largest samples. There is also evidence for the same correlations between SN Ia properties and host type at low redshift and high redshift. These similarities support the current practice of extrapolating properties of the nearby population to high redshifts, pending more robust detections of any correlations between distance residuals from cosmological fits and host properties.

author list (cited authors)

  • Williams, B. F., Hogan, C. J., Barris, B., Candia, P., Challis, P., Clocchiatti, A., ... Tonry, J. L

complete list of authors

  • Williams, Benjamin F||Hogan, Craig J||Barris, Brian||Candia, Pablo||Challis, Peter||Clocchiatti, Alejandro||Coil, Alison L||Filippenko, Alexei V||Garnavich, Peter||Kirshner, Robert P||Holland, Stephen T||Jha, Saurabh||Krisciunas, Kevin||Leibundgut, Bruno||Li, Weidong||Matheson, Thomas||Maza, Jose||Phillips, Mark M||Riess, Adam G||Schmidt, Brian P||Schommer, Robert A||Smith, R Chris||Sollerman, Jesper||Spyromilio, Jason||Stubbs, Christopher||Suntzeff, Nicholas B||Tonry, John L

publication date

  • January 1, 2003 11:11 AM