Observed Type II supernova colours from the Carnegie Supernova Project-I Academic Article uri icon


  • 2018 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. We present a study of observed Type II supernova (SN II) colours using optical/near-infrared photometric data from the Carnegie Supernovae Project-I. We analyse four colours (B - V, u - g, g - r, and g - Y) and find that SN II colour curves can be described by two linear regimes during the photospheric phase. The first (s, 1colour) is steeper and has a median duration of ~40 d. The second, shallower slope (s, 2colour) lasts until the end of the 'plateau' (~80 d). The two slopes correlate in the sense that steeper initial colour curves also imply steeper colour curves at later phases. As suggested by recent studies, SNe II form a continuous population of objects from the colour point of view as well. We investigate correlations between the observed colours and a range of photometric and spectroscopic parameters including the absolute magnitude, the V-band light-curve slopes, and metal-line strengths. We find that less luminous SNe II appear redder, a trend that we argue is not driven by uncorrected hostgalaxy reddening. While there is significant dispersion, we find evidence that redder SNe II (mainly at early epochs) display stronger metal-line equivalent widths. Host-galaxy reddening does not appear to be a dominant parameter, neither driving observed trends nor dominating the dispersion in observed colours. Intrinsic SN II colours are most probably dominated by photospheric temperature differences, with progenitor metallicity possibly playing a minor role. Such temperature differences could be related to differences in progenitor radius, together with the presence or absence of circumstellar material close to the progenitor stars.

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altmetric score

  • 2.75

author list (cited authors)

  • de Jaeger, T., Anderson, J. P., Galbany, L., Gonzalez-Gaitan, S., Hamuy, M., Phillips, M. M., ... Filippenko, A. V.

citation count

  • 26

complete list of authors

  • de Jaeger, T||Anderson, JP||Galbany, L||Gonzalez-Gaitan, S||Hamuy, M||Phillips, MM||Stritzinger, MD||Contreras, C||Folatelli, G||Gutierrez, CP||Hsiao, EY||Morrell, N||Suntzeff, NB||Dessart, L||Filippenko, AV

publication date

  • June 2018