Hubble Space Telescope and Ground-based Observations of Type Ia Supernovae at Redshift 0.5: Cosmological Implications

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Clocchiatti, Alejandro, Schmidt, Brian P, Filippenko, Alexei V, Challis, Peter, Coil, Alison L, Covarrubias, R, Diercks, Alan, Garnavich, Peter, Germany, Lisa, Gilliland, Ron, Hogan, Craig, Jha, Saurabh, Kirshner, Robert P, Leibundgut, Bruno, Leonard, Doug, Li, Weidong, Matheson, Thomas, Phillips, Mark M, Prieto, Jose Luis, Reiss, David, Riess, Adam G, Schommer, Robert, Smith, R. Chris, Soderberg, Alicia, Spyromilio, Jason, Stubbs, Christopher, Suntzeff, Nicholas B, Tonry, John L and Woudt, Patrick (2006) Hubble Space Telescope and Ground-based Observations of Type Ia Supernovae at Redshift 0.5: Cosmological Implications. The Astronomical Journal, 642 (1). ISSN 0004-6256 (print) 1538-3881 (online)


We present observations of the Type Ia supernovae (SNe) 1999M, 1999N, 1999Q, 1999S, and 1999U, at redshift z ≈ 0.5. They were discovered in early 1999 with the 4.0 m Blanco telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory by the High-z Supernova Search Team (HZT) and subsequently followed with many ground-based telescopes. SNe 1999Q and 1999U were also observed with the Hubble Space Telescope. We computed luminosity distances to the new SNe using two methods and added them to the high-z Hubble diagram that the HZT has been constructing since 1995. The new distance moduli confirm the results of previous work. At z ≈ 0.5, luminosity distances are larger than those expected for an empty universe, implying that a "cosmological constant," or another form of "dark energy," has been increasing the expansion rate of the universe during the last few billion years. Combining these new HZT SNe Ia with our previous results and assuming a ΛCDM cosmology, we estimate the cosmological parameters that best fit our measurements. For a sample of 75 low-redshift and 47 high-redshift SNe Ia with MLCS2k2 (Jha and coworkers) luminosity calibration we obtain ΩM = 0.79img1.gif and ΩΛ = 1.57img2.gif (1 σ uncertainties) if no constraints are imposed, or ΩM = 0.29img3.gif if ΩM + ΩΛ = 1 is assumed. For a different sample of 58 low-redshift and 48 high-redshift SNe Ia with luminosity calibrations done using the PRES method (a generalization of the Δm15 method), the results are ΩM = 0.43img4.gif and ΩΛ = 1.18img5.gif (1 σ uncertainties) if no constraints are imposed, or ΩM = 0.18img6.gif if ΩM + ΩΛ = 1 is assumed.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1086/498491
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences
Current > Division/Research > Other
Keywords cosmology, cosmological observations, distances, redshifts, scale, galaxies, space, supernovae, supernova, stars, photometry, HST images, telescopes, lambda, omega, mu
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