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On the evolution of the cosmic supernova rates

Piero Madau, Massimo Della Valle and Nino Panagia

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 297, issue 1, pages L17-L22
Published in print June 1998 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online June 1998 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-8711.1998.01697.x
On the evolution of the cosmic supernova rates

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Ongoing searches for supernovae (SNe) at cosmological distances have recently started to provide a link between SN Ia statistics and galaxy evolution. We use recent estimates of the global history of star formation to compute the theoretical Type Ia and Type II SN rates as a function of cosmic time from the present epoch to high redshifts. We show that accurate measurements of the frequency of SN events in the range 0 < z < 1 will be valuable probes of the nature of Type Ia progenitors and the evolution of the stellar birth rate in the Universe. The Next Generation Space Telescopeshould detect of order 20 Type II SNe per 4 × 4 arcmin2 field per year in the interval 1 < z < 4.

Keywords: supernovae: general; galaxies: evolution

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Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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