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Supernovae as a standard candle for cosmology
Colgate, S. A.
AA(New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro; California, University, Los Alamos, N. Mex.)
Astrophysical Journal, Part 1, vol. 232, Sept. 1, 1979, p. 404-408. Research supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and NSF. (ApJ Homepage)
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Astronomical Photometry, Cosmology, Stellar Luminosity, Supernovae, Calibrating, Electrophotometers, Light Curve, Reference Stars
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It is suggested that a coordinated program of observations of supernovae (SN), particularly Type I supernovae (SN I), with the Space Telescope has the potential for determining the cosmological constant with greater accuracy than on the basis of other standard candles. Advantages of SN I over SN II for this purpose are discussed. Attention is also given to SN calibration, two possible classes of SN I, the light curves of SN I, and SN statistics.

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