The Exotic Type Ic Broad-lined Supernova SN 2018gep: Blurring the Line between Supernovae and Fast Optical Transients

Published in The Astrophysical Journal, 2021

Recommended citation: Pritchard, Tyler; et al. (2021).

This paper presents photometric and spectroscopic data on SN2018gep. We show that SN2018gep experiences a fast rise time with extremely blue spectra similar to the newly observed class of transients called Fast Blue Optical Transients. The observed blue excess can be explained by an additional source of energy injection.