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Paper: New Results from the Supernova Ia Progenitor Survey
Volume: 334, 14th European Workshop on White Dwarfs
Page: 375
Authors: Napiwotzki, R.; Karl, C.A.; Nelemans, G.; Yungelson, L.; Christlieb, N.; Drechsel, H.; Heber, U.; Homeier, D.; Koester, D.; Kruk, J.; Leibundgut, B.; Marsh, T.R.; Moehler, S.; Renzini, A.; Reimers, D.
Abstract: We report on a systematic radial velocity survey for double degenerate (DD) binaries as potential progenitors of type Ia supernovae: SPY (ESO Supernovae Ia Progenitor surveY). More than 1000 white dwarfs and pre-white dwarfs were observed with the VLT. Our aim is to perform a statistically significant test of the DD scenario. SPY detected more than 100 new binary white dwarfs, dramatically increasing the number of known DDs. System parameters are determined from ongoing follow-up observations. Our sample includes systems with masses close to the Chandrasekhar limit and a probable SN Ia progenitor candidate.
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