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IMPROVING COSMOLOGICAL DISTANCE MEASUREMENTS USING TWIN TYPE IA SUPERNOVAE

  • Author(s): Fakhouri, HK
  • Boone, K
  • Aldering, G
  • Antilogus, P
  • Aragon, C
  • Bailey, S
  • Baltay, C
  • Barbary, K
  • Baugh, D
  • Bongard, S
  • Buton, C
  • Chen, J
  • Childress, M
  • Chotard, N
  • Copin, Y
  • Fagrelius, P
  • Feindt, U
  • Fleury, M
  • Fouchez, D
  • Gangler, E
  • Hayden, B
  • Kim, AG
  • Kowalski, M
  • Leget, P-F
  • Lombardo, S
  • Nordin, J
  • Pain, R
  • Pecontal, E
  • Pereira, R
  • Perlmutter, S
  • Rabinowitz, D
  • Ren, J
  • Rigault, M
  • Rubin, D
  • Runge, K
  • Saunders, C
  • Scalzo, R
  • Smadja, G
  • Sofiatti, C
  • Strovink, M
  • Suzuki, N
  • Tao, C
  • Thomas, RC
  • Weaver, BA
  • et al.

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http://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/815/1/58
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Abstract

© 2015. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved. We introduce a method for identifying "twin" Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) and using them to improve distance measurements. This novel approach to SN Ia standardization is madeossible by spectrophotometric time series observations from the Nearby Supernova Factory (SNfactory). We begin with a well-measured set of SNe, findairs whose spectra match well across the entire optical window, and then test whether this leads to a smaller dispersion in their absolute brightnesses. This analysis is completed in a blinded fashion, ensuring that decisions made in implementing the method do not inadvertently bias the result. We find thatairs of SNe with more closely matched spectra indeed have reduced brightness dispersion. We are able to standardize this initial set of SNfactory SNe to 0.083 0.012 mag, implying a dispersion of 0.072 0.010 mag in the absence ofeculiar velocities. We estimate that with larger numbers of comparison SNe, e.g., using the final SNfactory spectrophotometric data set as a reference, this method will be capable of standardizing high-redshift SNe to within 0.06-0.07 mag. These results imply that at least 3/4 of the variance in Hubble residuals in current SN cosmology analyses is due toreviously unaccounted-for astrophysical differences among the SNe.

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