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Systematically Bridging the Gap between Novae and Supernovae
Kasliwal, Mansi M.
AA(Department of Astronomy, California Institute of Technology, 1200 E. California Blvd. M/C 249-17, Pasadena CA 91125, USA)
Binary Paths to Type Ia Supernovae Explosions, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, IAU Symposium, Volume 281, p. 9-16
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surveys, stars: novae, cataclysmic variables, supernovae,
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(c) 2013: Copyright © International Astronomical Union 2013
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The venerable study of cosmic explosions is over a century old. However, until recently, there has existed a glaring six-magnitude luminosity gap between the brightest novae and faintest supernovae. To find optical transients that are fainter, faster, and rarer than supernovae, we designed a systematic search: the Palomar Transient Factory. Theorists predict a variety of mechanisms to produce transients in the gap and observers have the best chance of finding them in the local universe. Here I present discoveries and unique physics of cosmic explosions that bridge this gap between novae and supernovae.

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