On the Progenitor of the Type Ic Supernova 2002ap

S. J. Smartt, P. M. Vreeswijk, E. Ramirez-Ruiz, G. F. Gilmore, W. P. S. Meikle, A. M. N. Ferguson, J. H. Knapen

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Abstract

This Letter presents wide-field optical and near-IR (UBVRIHαK') images of the galaxy M74 that were taken between 0.6 and 8.3 yr before the discovery of the Type Ic supernova 2002ap. We have located the position of the supernova on these images with an accuracy of 0.3". We find no sign of a progenitor object on any of the images. The deepest of these images is the B-band exposure, which has a sensitivity limit corresponding to an absolute magnitude of MB
Original languageEnglish
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume572
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2002

Keywords

  • Stars: Binaries: Close
  • Galaxies: Individual: NGC Number: NGC 628
  • Gamma Rays: Bursts
  • Stars: Evolution
  • Stars: Wolf-Rayet
  • Stars: Supernovae: Individual: Alphanumeric: SN 2002ap

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