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Date of Award

January 2011

Degree Type


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Physics and Astronomy

First Advisor

David Cinabro


Using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey - II Supernova Search, I compare the properties of thermonuclear and core collapse supernovae host galaxies. The supernovae sample is truncated based on efficiency calculations based on Sloan's magnitude limits. Sloan's 5-band photometry and redshift data is fitted to Spectral Energy Distributions created by the PÉGASE.2 code. The color magnitude difference between the two types of host galaxies is found to not be significant with consideration to the statistical errors. The galactic stellar mass distribution does not prove to be different between the host galaxy types. The star formation rate is greater for core collapse supernova host galaxies than their thermonuclear counterparts. The relation between these properties proves to show no significant difference among the host galaxy types. Future instrumentation, such as the LSST, or enhancements to Sloan's telescope may provide a larger sample with reduced statistical errors.

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