The broad-line type Ic supernova SN 2007ru: Adding to the diversity of type Ic supernovae

D. K. Sahu, Masaomi Tanaka, G. C. Anupama, Uday K. Gurugubelli, Ken'Ichi Nomoto

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Photometric and spectral evolution of the Type Ic supernova SN2007ru until around 210days after maximum are presented. The spectra show broad spectral features due to very high expansion velocity, normally seen in hypernovae. The photospheric velocity is higher than other normal Type Ic supernovae (SNe Ic). It is lower than SN1998bw at 8days after the explosion, but is comparable at later epochs. The light curve (LC) evolution of SN2007ru indicates a fast rise time of 8 3days to B-band maximum and postmaximum decline more rapid than other broad-line SNe Ic. With an absolute V magnitude of -19.06, SN2007ru is comparable in brightness with SN1998bw and lies at the brighter end of the observed SNe Ic. The ejected mass of 56Ni is estimated to be 0.4 M . The fast rise and decline of the LC and the high expansion velocity suggest that SN2007ru is an explosion with a high kinetic energy/ejecta mass ratio (E K/M ej). This adds to the diversity of SNe Ic. Although the early phase spectra are most similar to those of broad-line SN2003jd, the [OI] line profile in the nebular spectrum of SN2007ru shows the singly peaked profile, in contrast to the doubly peaked profile in SN2003jd. The singly peaked profile, together with the high luminosity and the high expansion velocity, may suggest that SN2007ru could be an aspherical explosion viewed from the polar direction. Estimated oxygen abundance 12 + log(O/H) of 8.8 indicates that SN2007ru occurred in a region with nearly solar metallicity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)676-683
Number of pages8
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Supernovae: general
  • Supernovae: individual (SN 2007ru)


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