A possible interrelation between the estimated luminosity distances and internal extinctions of type Ia supernovae

L. G. Balázs, Zs Hetesi, Zs Regály, Sz Csizmadia, Zs Bagoly, I. Horváth, A. Mészáros

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We studied the statistical properties of the luminosity distance and internal extinction data of type Ia supernovae in the lists published by Tonry et al. (2003) and Barris et al. (2004). After selecting the luminosity distance in an empty Universe as a reference level we divided the sample into low z < 0.25 and high z ≥ 0.25 parts. We further divided these subsamples by the median of the internal extinction. Performing sign tests using the standardized residuals between the estimated logarithmic luminosity distances and those of an empty universe, on the four subsamples separately, we recognized that the residuals were distributed symmetrically in the low redshift region, independently from the internal extinction. On the contrary, the low extinction part of the data of z ≥ 0.25 clearly showed an excess of the points with respect to an empty Universe which was not the case in the high extinction region. This diversity pointed to an interrelation between the estimated luminosity distance and internal extinction. To characterize quantitatively this interrelation we introduced a hidden variable making use of the technics of factor analysis. After subtracting that part of the residual which was explained by the hidden variable we obtained luminosity distances which were already free from interrelation with internal extinction. Fitting the corrected luminosity distances with cosmological models we concluded that the SN Ia data alone did not exclude the possibility of the Λ = 0 solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)917-924
Number of pages8
JournalAstronomische Nachrichten
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Nov 9 2006


  • Cosmology: cosmological parameters
  • Supernovae: SN Ia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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