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First cosmology results using type Ia supernovae from the Dark Energy Survey: the effect of host galaxy properties on supernova luminosity

Author(s): Smith, M; Sullivan, M; Wiseman, P; Kessler, R; Scolnic, D; et al

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Abstract: We present improved photometric measurements for the host galaxies of 206 spectroscopically confirmed type Ia supernovae discovered by the Dark Energy Survey Supernova Program (DES-SN) and used in the first DES-SN cosmological analysis. For the DES-SN sample, when considering a 5D (z, x(1), c, alpha, beta) bias correction, we find evidence of a Hubble residual ‘mass step’, where SNe Ia in high-mass galaxies (>10(10)M(circle dot)) are intrinsically more luminous (after correction) than their low-mass counterparts by gamma = 0.040 +/- 0.019 mag. This value is larger by 0.031 mag than the value found in the first DES-SN cosmological analysis. This difference is due to a combination of updated photometric measurements and improved star formation histories and is not from host-galaxy misidentification. When using a 1D (redshift-only) bias correction the inferred mass step is larger, with gamma = 0.066 +/- 0.020 mag. The 1D-5D gamma difference for DES-SN is 0.026 +/- 0.009 mag. We show that this difference is due to a strong correlation between host galaxy stellar mass and the x(1) component of the 5D distance-bias correction. Including an intrinsic correlation between the observed properties of SNe Ia, stretch and colour, and stellar mass in simulated SN Ia samples, we show that a 5D fit recovers gamma with -9 mmag bias compared to a +2 mmag bias for a 1D fit. This difference can explain part of the discrepancy seen in the data. Improvements in modelling correlations between galaxy properties and SN is necessary to ensure unbiased precision estimates of the dark energy equation of state as we enter the era of LSST.
Publication Date: May-2020
Electronic Publication Date: 13-Apr-2020
Citation: Smith, M, Sullivan, M, Wiseman, P, Kessler, R, Scolnic, D, Brout, D, D Andrea, CB, Davis, TM, Foley, RJ, Frohmaier, C, Galbany, L, Gupta, RR, Gutierrez, CP, Hinton, SR, Kelsey, L, Lidman, C, Macaulay, E, Moeller, A, Nichol, RC, Nugent, P, Palmese, A, Pursiainen, M, Sako, M, Swann, E, Thomas, RC, Tucker, BE, Vincenzi, M, Carollo, D, Lewis, GF, Sommer, NE, Abbott, TMC, Aguena, M, Allam, S, Avila, S, Bertin, E, Bhargava, S, Brooks, D, Buckley-Geer, E, Burke, DL, Rosell, A Carnero, Kind, M Carrasco, Costanzi, M, da Costa, LN, De Vicente, J, Desai, S, Diehl, HT, Doel, P, Eifler, TF, Everett, S, Flaugher, B, Fosalba, P, Frieman, J, Garcia-Bellido, J, Gaztanaga, E, Glazebrook, K, Gruen, D, Gruendl, RA, Gschwend, J, Gutierrez, G, Hartley, WG, Hollowood, DL, Honscheid, K, James, DJ, Krause, E, Kuehn, K, Kuropatkin, N, Lima, M, MacCrann, N, Maia, MAG, Marshall, JL, Martini, P, Melchior, P, Menanteau, F, Miquel, R, Paz-Chinchon, F, Plazas, AA, Romer, AK, Roodman, A, Rykoff, ES, Sanchez, E, Scarpine, V, Schubnell, M, Serrano, S, Sevilla-Noarbe, I, Suchyta, E, Swanson, MEC, Tarle, G, Thomas, D, Tucker, DL, Varga, TN, Walker, AR, Collaboration, DES. (2020). First cosmology results using type Ia supernovae from the Dark Energy Survey: the effect of host galaxy properties on supernova luminosity. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, 494 (4426 - 4447. doi:10.1093/mnras/staa946
DOI: doi:10.1093/mnras/staa946
ISSN: 0035-8711
EISSN: 1365-2966
Pages: 4426 - 4447
Type of Material: Journal Article
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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