Schedule Feb 07, 2006
Identifying the Progenitors of Core-Collapse Supernovae [Oral Contribution]
Schuyler D. Van Dyk (Caltech)

Using primarily the Hubble Space Telescope we have been identifying the massive progenitor stars that give rise to core-collapse supernovae, which is one of the main pursuits of supernova and stellar evolution studies. Prime examples of this are the Type II-plateau supernovae SN 2003gd in M74 and SN 2005cs in M51. Upper limits on progenitor masses for both Type II and Type Ib/c supernovae have also been established using HST image data by us and by other groups. I would summarize this work and what we know to date.

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