Padova-Asiago Supernova Group
Interacting Gap Transients

Modern sky surveys are discovering a harvest of novel types of stellar transients that cannot be explained with traditional explosion channels. Their number expected to dramatically increase in the Rubin Observatory's Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) era. The LSST will discover objects soon after the outburst onset and will provide well-sampled multi-band light curves through both the main and ancillary surveys. Thanks to the multiple survey strategies, we will discover and monitor transients in different time domains, and we will study transients evolving with different time scales.

One of the research fields that will largely take advantage from the LSST is that of the Gap Transients (e.g., Kasliwal 2013, IAUS, 281, 9). These transients, with absolute magnitudes intermediate between core-collapse supernovae (SNe) and classical novae (-10 > MV > -15 mag), are challenging our observational and theoretical knowledge of stellar evolution.

Our team is interested in the study of Gap Transients showing observational evidence of interaction with circum-stellar material (see, Pastorello & Fraser 2019, Nature Astronomy, 3, 676, for a review).
The main goal of this project is the characterization of the different types of interacting Gap Transients on the basis of their observed parameters (long-duration photometric monitoring, spectroscopic evolution of the outbursts, and information on the quiescent progenitors through the analysis of high spatial resolution pre- and post-outburst images). In this project, the following classes of non-interacting Gap Transients will not be considered: low-luminosity stripped-envelopes SNe (SNe Iax, Ca-rich transients, .Ia candidates, or other faint SNe I; e.g. Kasliwal 2012, ApJ, 755, 161; Valenti et al. 2009, Nature, 459, 674; Tomasella et al. 2020, MNRAS, 496, 1132 ), and low-luminosity Type II-P events (Pastorello et al. 2004, MNRAS, 347, 74; Spiro et al. 2014, MNRAS, 439, 2873, Reguitti et al. 2021, MNRAS, 501, 1059; see information on the Faint SN project).

We will study in detail the following categories:

Research team

People directly involved in this project:

  • Andrea Pastorello (INAF-OAPd)
  • , Elena Mason (INAF-OATs), Yongzhi Cai (Tsinghua University), Giorgio Valerin (Padova University, INAF-OAPd), Leonardo Tartaglia (INAF-OAPd), Nancy Elias-Rosa (INAF-OAPd), Andrea Reguitti (Universidad Andres Bello, Padova University), Giuliano Pignata (Universidad Andres Bello), Enrico Cappellaro (INAF-OAPd).

    Other collaborators:
    Elena Barsukova (SAO, Russian Academy of Sciences), Vitaly Goranskij (SAI, Moskov University), Morgan Fraser, Emma Callis & Sean J. Brennan (University College Dublin), Paolo Ochner (Padova University), Kuntal Misra (ARIES), Maria Teresa Botticella & Massimo Della Valle (INAF-OACn), Paolo Mazzali (Liverpool University), Erkki Kankare, Rubina Kotak, Thomas Reynolds & Shane Moran (University of Turku), Maximilian Stritzinger (Aarhus University), Antonia Morales-Garoffolo (Universidad de Cadiz) and the Padova-Asiago Supernova Group.

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