A comparison between star formation rate diagnostics and rate of core collapse supernovae within 11 Mpc release_odrbwvye5fhlnbwkwlsqfffj2e

by M. T. Botticella, S. J. Smartt, R. C. Kennicutt Jr., E. Cappellaro, M. Sereno, J. C. Lee

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Abstract

The core collapse supernova (CCSN) rate provides a strong lower limit for the star formation rate (SFR). Progress in using it as a cosmic SFR tracer requires some confidence that it is consistent with more conventional SFR diagnostics in the nearby Universe. This paper compares standard SFR measurements based on Halpha, FUV and TIR galaxy luminosities with the observed CCSN rate in the same galaxy sample. The comparison can be viewed from two perspectives. Firstly, by adopting an estimate of the minimum stellar mass to produce a CCSN one can determine a SFR from SN numbers. Secondly, the radiative SFRs can be assumed to be robust and then the SN statistics provide a constrain on the minimum stellar mass for CCSN progenitors. The novel aspect of this study is that Halpha, FUV and TIR luminosities are now available for a complete galaxy sample within the local 11Mpc volume and the number of discovered SNe in this sample within the last 13 years is high enough to perform a meaningful statistical comparison. We exploit the multi-wavelength dataset from 11HUGS, a volume-limited survey designed to provide a census of SFR in the local Volume. Assuming a lower limit for CCSN progenitors of 8 Msun, the CCSN rate matches the SFR from the FUV luminosity. However the SFR based on Halpha luminosity is lower than these two estimates by a factor of nearly 2. If we assume that the FUV or Halpha based luminosities are a true reflection of the SFR, we find that the minimum mass for CCSN progenitors is 8 +/- 1 Msun, and 6 +/- 1 Msun, respectively. The estimate of the minimum mass for CCSN progenitors obtained exploiting FUV data is in good agreement with that from the direct detection of CCSN progenitors. The concordant results by these independent methods point toward a constraint of 8 +/- 1 Msun on the lower mass limit for progenitor stars of CCSNe.
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