A highly magnified supernova at z = 1.703 behind the massive galaxy cluster A1689

R. Amanullah*, A. Goobar, B. Clément, J. G. Cuby, H. Dahle, T. Dahlén, J. Hjorth, S. Fabbro, J. Jönsson, J. P. Kneib, C. Lidman, M. Limousin, B. Milvang-Jensen, E. Mörtsell, J. Nordin, K. Paech, J. Richard, T. Riehm, V. Stanishev, D. Watson

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Our ability to study the most remote supernova explosions, crucial for the understanding of the evolution of the high-redshift universe and its expansion rate, is limited by the light collection capabilities of telescopes. However, nature offers unique opportunities to look beyond the range within reach of our unaided instruments thanks to the light-focusing power of massive galaxy clusters. Here we report on the discovery of one of the most distant supernovae ever found, at redshift z = 1.703. Due to a lensing magnification factor of 4.3 ± 0.3, we are able to measure a light curve of the supernova, as well as spectroscopic features of the host galaxy with a precision comparable to what would otherwise only be possible with future generation telescopes.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberL7
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes


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