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Keck Observations of the Young Metal-Poor Host Galaxy of the Super-Chandrasekhar-Mass Type Ia Supernova SN 2007if

Abstract : We present Keck LRIS spectroscopy and $g$-band photometry of the metal-poor, low-luminosity host galaxy of the super-Chandrasekhar mass Type Ia supernova SN 2007if. Deep imaging of the host reveals its apparent magnitude to be $m_g=23.15\pm0.06$, which at the spectroscopically-measured redshift of $z_{helio}=0.07450\pm0.00015$ corresponds to an absolute magnitude of $M_g=-14.45\pm0.06$. Galaxy $g-r$ color constrains the mass-to-light ratio, giving a host stellar mass estimate of $\log(M_*/M_\odot)=7.32\pm0.17$. Balmer absorption in the stellar continuum, along with the strength of the 4000Å\ break, constrain the age of the dominant starburst in the galaxy to be $t_\mathrm{burst}=123^{+165}_{-77}$ Myr, corresponding to a main-sequence turn-off mass of $M/M_\odot=4.6^{+2.6}_{-1.4}$. Using the R$_{23}$ method of calculating metallicity from the fluxes of strong emission lines, we determine the host oxygen abundance to be $12+\log(O/H)_\mathrm{KK04}=8.01\pm0.09$, significantly lower than any previously reported spectroscopically-measured Type Ia supernova host galaxy metallicity. Our data show that SN 2007if is very likely to have originated from a young, metal-poor progenitor.
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M. Childress, G. Aldering, C. Aragon, P. Antilogus, S. Bailey, et al.. Keck Observations of the Young Metal-Poor Host Galaxy of the Super-Chandrasekhar-Mass Type Ia Supernova SN 2007if. The Astrophysical Journal, American Astronomical Society, 2011, 733, pp.3. ⟨10.1088/0004-637X/733/1/3⟩. ⟨in2p3-00610569⟩

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