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dc.contributor.authorVennes, S.
dc.contributor.authorNemeth, P.
dc.contributor.authorKawka, Adela
dc.contributor.authorThorstensen, J.
dc.contributor.authorKhalack, V.
dc.contributor.authorFerrario, L.
dc.contributor.authorAlper, E.
dc.identifier.citationVennes, S. and Nemeth, P. and Kawka, A. and Thorstensen, J. and Khalack, V. and Ferrario, L. and Alper, E. 2017. An unusual white dwarf star may be a surviving remnant of a subluminous Type Ia supernova. Science. 357 (6352): pp. 680-683.

Subluminous Type Ia supernovae, such as the Type Iax–class prototype SN 2002cx, are described by a variety of models such as the failed detonation and partial deflagration of an accreting carbon-oxygen white dwarf star or the explosion of an accreting, hybrid carbon-oxygen-neon core. These models predict that bound remnants survive such events with, according to some simulations, a high kick velocity. We report the discovery of a high proper motion, low-mass white dwarf (LP 40-365) that travels at a velocity greater than the Galactic escape velocity and whose peculiar atmosphere is dominated by intermediate-mass elements. Strong evidence indicates that this partially burnt remnant was ejected following a subluminous Type Ia supernova event. This supports the viability of single-degenerate supernova progenitors.

dc.publisherThe American Association for the Advancement of Science
dc.titleAn unusual white dwarf star may be a surviving remnant of a subluminous Type Ia supernova
dc.typeJournal Article

This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of the AAAS for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Science Vol. 357 (2017), 10.1126/science.aam8378

curtin.departmentCurtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (Physics)
curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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