Schedule Aug 21, 2009
Are Wolf-Rayet Stars Progenitors of Type Ib/c Supernovae?
Joanne Bibby (Univ. Sheffield)

Wolf-Rayet (WR) stars are believed to represent the progenitors of a subset of Type Ib/c supernovae, although a direct observational link is yet to be established. Our group are conducting ground- (VLT, Gemini) and space-based (HST) imaging and spectroscopic surveys of nearby (<8Mpc) star forming spiral galaxies to identify WR progenitors of future core-collapse supernova. We discuss our technique and sample size, from which we consider the likely prospects for detection.

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