Supernova 2012ec: Identification of the progenitor and early monitoring with PESSTO

J. R. Maund*, M. Fraser, S. J. Smartt, M. T. Botticella, C. Barbarino, M. Childress, A. Gal-Yam, C. Inserra, G. Pignata, D. Reichart, B. Schmidt, J. Sollerman, F. Taddia, L. Tomasella, S. Valenti, O. Yaron

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    We present the identification of the progenitor of the Type IIP SN 2012ec in archival preexplosion Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) and Advanced Camera for Surveys Wide Field Channel F814W images. The properties of the progenitor are further constrained by non-detections in pre-explosion WFPC2 F450W and F606W images. We report a series of early photometric and spectroscopic observations of SN 2012ec. The r'-band light curve shows a plateau with Mr' = -17.0. The early spectrum is similar to the Type IIP SN 1999em, with the expansion velocity measured at Ha absorption minimum of -11 700 km s-1 (at 1 d post-discovery). The photometric and spectroscopic evolution of SN 2012ec shows it to be aType IIP SN, discovered only a few days post-explosion (<6 d). We derive a luminosity for the progenitor, in comparison with MARCS model spectral energy distributions, of log L/L⊙ = 5.15 ± 0.19, from which we infer an initial mass rangeof 14-22M⊙. This is the first SN with an identified progenitor to be followed by the Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey of Transient Objects (PESSTO).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)L102-L106
    JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013


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