We present spectropolarimetry of the Type Ic supernova SN 2002ap and give a preliminary analysis: the data were taken at two epochs, close to and 1 month later than the visual maximum (2002 February 8). In addition, we present June 9 spectropolarimetry without analysis. The data show the development of linear polarization. Distinct polarization profiles were seen only in the O I λ7773 multiplet/Ca II IR triplet absorption trough at maximum light and in the O I λ7773 multiplet and Ca II IR triplet absorption troughs a month later, with the latter showing a peak polarization as high as ∼2%. The intrinsic polarization shows three clear position angles: 80° for the February continuum, 120° for the February line feature, and 150° for the March data. We conclude that there are multiple asymmetric components in the ejecta. We suggest that the supernova has a bulk asymmetry with an axial ratio projected on the sky that is different from 1 by an order of 10%. Furthermore, we suggest very speculatively that a high-velocity ejecta component moving faster than ∼0.115c (e.g., a jet) contributes to polarization in the February epoch.
- Supernovae: individual (SN 2002ap)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science