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Simulating the detection and classification of high-redshift supernovae with HARMONI on the ELT

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  • S. Bounissou
  • N. Thatte
  • S. Zieleniewski
  • M. Tecza
  • I. Hook
  • B. Neichel
  • T. Fusco
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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>11/08/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
Volume478
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)3189-3198
Publication statusPublished
Early online date15/02/18
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

We present detailed simulations of integral field spectroscopic observations of a supernova in a host galaxy at z ˜ 3, as observed by the HARMONI spectrograph on the Extremely Large Telescope, asssisted by laser tomographic adaptive optics. The goal of the simulations, using the HSIM simulation tool, is to determine whether HARMONI can discern the supernova Type from spectral features in the supernova spectrum. We find that in a 3 hour observation, covering the near-infrared H and K bands, at a spectral resolving power of ˜3000, and using the 20×20 mas spaxel scale, we can classify supernova Type Ia and their redshift robustly up to 80 days past maximum light (20 days in the supernova rest frame). We show that HARMONI will provide spectra at z ˜ 3 that are of comparable (or better) quality to the best spectra we can currently obtain at z ˜ 1, thus allowing studies of cosmic expansion rates to be pushed to substantially higher redshifts.

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This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version S Bounissou, N Thatte, S Zieleniewski, R C W Houghton, M Tecza, I Hook, B Neichel, T Fusco; Simulating the detection and classification of high-redshift supernovae with HARMONI on the ELT, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 478, Issue 3, 11 August 2018, Pages 3189–3198, https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/sty376 is available online at: https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article/478/3/3189/4862480