AAS 206th Meeting, 29 May - 2 June 2005
Session 6 Formation and Fate of Stardust
Poster, Monday, 9:20am-6:30pm, Tuesday, 10:00am-7:00pm, May 30, 2005, Ballroom A

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[6.09] Infrared Observations of Dust Emission Around Nearby Supernovae

B.E.K. Sugerman (STScI), SEEDS Collaboration

It has long been hypothesised that supernovae (SNe) are a major source of dust in the Universe, an assumption which has gained support with the discovery that many of the earliest-formed galaxies are extremely dusty and IR-luminous, as evidenced by the efficient detection of their redshifted dust emission at submillimeter wavelengths. We are now carrying out a sensitive mid-IR Survey for Evolution of Emission from Dust in SNe (SEEDS, PI: M.\ Barlow) to address the extent to which they produce dust, and whether they are a primary source of dust in the Universe. We present {\em Spitzer} observations of young, nearby SNe, including 1999bw, 2002hh, 2004dh, and 2004et. Implications for dust formation versus emission from pre-existing circumstellar dust are discussed.

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