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Volume 427, Number 2, November IV 2004
Page(s) 453 - 464
Section Extragalactic astronomy
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20040272

A&A 427, 453-464 (2004)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20040272

Distance of the hypernova SN 2002ap via the expanding photosphere method

J. Vinkó1, 2, R. M. Blake3, K. Sárneczky1, 2, B. Csák1, 2, G. Furész4, 2, Sz. Csizmadia4, L. L. Kiss5, 6, Gy. M. Szabó5, 2, R. Szabó4, H. DeBond3, M. M. de Robertis3, J. R. Thomson3 and S. W. Mochnacki3

1  Department of Optics & Quantum Electronics, University of Szeged, POB 406, Szeged 6701, Hungary
    e-mail: vinko@physx.u-szeged.hu
2  Guest Observer, Piszkésteto Station, Konkoly Observatory, Hungary
3  David Dunlap Observatory, University of Toronto, POB 360, Richmond Hill ON, L4C 4Y6, Canada
4  Konkoly Observatory of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, POB 67, Budapest 1525, Hungary
5  Department of Experimental Physics, University of Szeged, Dóm tér 9, Szeged 6720, Hungary
6  School of Physics, University of Sydney, Australia

(Received 15 February 2004 / Accepted 22 July 2004)

New optical photometric and spectroscopic data of the bright hypernova SN 2002ap are presented. The obtained ${\it BVRI}$ light curves as well as the optical spectra agree well with other published data series. The distance has been inferred by applying the Expanding Photosphere Method for the data around maximum. The derived 6.7 Mpc is in good agreement with recent photometric distances of M 74. However, the total (random plus systematic) uncertainty of the EPM-distance is at least $\pm $4.5 Mpc (about 70%). The physical parameters of the SN have been determined via simplified analytic models of the light and velocity curves. It is confirmed that SN 2002ap was a less energetic hypernova, the kinetic energy was $4{-}8 \times 10^{51}$ erg, and the reddening-free absolute bolometric magnitude reached -16.63 mag (corresponding to $L_{\rm bol} = 3.47 \times 10^8~ L_{\odot}$), about 2 mag less than the prototype hypernova SN 1998bw.

Key words: stars: supernovae: individual: SN 2002ap -- galaxies: individual: M 74

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