Extending supernova spectral templates for next-generation space telescope observations

J. D.R. Pierel, S. Rodney, A. Avelino, F. Bianco, A. V. Filippenko, R. J. Foley, A. Friedman, M. Hicken, R. Hounsell, S. W. Jha, R. Kessler, R. P. Kirshner, K. Mandel, G. Narayan, D. Scolnic, L. Strolger

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Empirical models of supernova (SN) spectral energy distributions (SEDs) are widely used for SN survey simulations and photometric classifications. The existing library of SED models has excellent optical templates, but limited, poorly constrained coverage of ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) wavelengths. However, both regimes are critical for the design and operation of future SN surveys, particularly at IR wavelengths that will be accessible with the James Webb Space Telescope and the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope. We create a public repository of improved empirical SED templates using a sampling of Type Ia and core-collapse (CC) photometric light curves to extend the Type Ia parameterized SALT2 model and a set of SN Ib, SN Ic, and SN II SED templates into the UV and near-IR. We apply this new repository of extrapolated SN SED models to examine how future surveys can discriminate between CC and Type Ia SNe at UV and IR wavelengths, and present an open-source software package written in Python, SNSEDextend, that enables users to generate their own extrapolated SEDs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number114504
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Issue number993
StatePublished - Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • General
  • Supernovae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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