AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 171 Supernovae
Poster, Thursday, 9:20am-4:00pm, January 12, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[171.13] The Late-Time Evolution of SN 2002hh

G. C. Clayton (LSU), D. L. Welch (McMaster U.)

We present new spectroscopic and photometric observations of the interesting Type II-P supernova, SN 2002hh, in NGC 6946. Gemini/GMOS-N has been used to acquire visible spectra and also g'r'i' photometry covering 5 epochs between August 2004 and October 2005, following the evolution of the supernova from 650 to 1050 d since its initial explosion. Supernova spectra obtained 3 years after outburst are rare. In addition, data have been obtained at several epochs in the JHK bands using the Steward 90" with the 256x256 imager and with Gemini/NIRI. Dust emission from SN 2002hh has been detected at mid-infrared wavelengths by SST/IRAC and confirmed by higher angular resolution Gemini/Michelle observations (Barlow et al. 2005, ApJ, 627, L113). There is a pre-existing optically thick dust shell having a mass of ~0.1 Msun, suggesting a massive M supergiant or luminous blue variable precursor. However, the formation of new dust in the ejecta of SN 2002hh has not been ruled out. The IR emission from any such new dust would be swamped by the emission from the existing circumstellar dust. The new data, presented here, are being used to investigate the late-time evolution of SN 2002hh and whether new dust has been formed in its ejecta. In particular, we are looking for changes in the H-alpha emission line profiles and for variations in brightness due to changes in the extinction and emission due to dust. This study is partially supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

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