The ANU WiFeS SuperNovA Program (AWSNAP)

26 Jul 2016  ·  Childress Michael J. Australian National University, Tucker Brad E. Australian National University, Yuan Fang Australian National University, Scalzo Richard Australian National University, Ruiter Ashley Australian National University, Seitenzahl Ivo Australian National University, Zhang Bonnie Australian National University, Schmidt Brian Australian National University, Anguiano Borja Australian National University, Aniyan Suryashree Australian National University, Bayliss Daniel D. R. Australian National University, Bento Joao Australian National University, Bessell Michael Australian National University, Bian Fuyan Australian National University, Davies Rebecca Australian National University, Dopita Michael Australian National University, Fogarty Lisa Australian National University, Fraser-McKelvie Amelia Australian National University, Freeman Ken Australian National University, Kuruwita Rajika Australian National University, Medling Anne M. Australian National University, Murphy Simon J. Australian National University, Murphy Simon J. Australian National University, Owers Matthew, Panther Fiona, Sweet Sarah M., Thomas Adam D., Zhou George ·

This paper presents the first major data release and survey description for the ANU WiFeS SuperNovA Program (AWSNAP). AWSNAP is an ongoing supernova spectroscopy campaign utilising the Wide Field Spectrograph (WiFeS) on the Australian National University (ANU) 2.3m telescope... The first and primary data release of this program (AWSNAP-DR1) releases 357 spectra of 175 unique objects collected over 82 equivalent full nights of observing from July 2012 to August 2015. These spectra have been made publicly available via the WISeREP supernova spectroscopy repository. We analyse the AWSNAP sample of Type Ia supernova spectra, including measurements of narrow sodium absorption features afforded by the high spectral resolution of the WiFeS instrument. In some cases we were able to use the integral-field nature of the WiFeS instrument to measure the rotation velocity of the SN host galaxy near the SN location in order to obtain precision sodium absorption velocities. We also present an extensive time series of SN 2012dn, including a near-nebular spectrum which both confirms its "super-Chandrasekhar" status and enables measurement of the sub-solar host metallicity at the SN site. read more

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