February 2023 • 2023MNRAS.519..248A
Abstract • We present high-cadence photometric and spectroscopic observations of SN 2020jfo in ultraviolet and optical/near-infrared bands starting from ~3 to ~434 d after the explosion, including the earliest data with the 10.4-m GTC. SN 2020jfo is a hydrogen-rich Type II SN with a relatively short plateau duration (67.0 ± 0.6 d). When compared to other Type II supernovae (SNe) of similar or shorter plateau lengths, SN 2020jfo exhibits a fainter peak absolute V-band magnitude (MV = -16.90 ± 0.34 mag). SN 2020jfo shows significant Hα absorption in the plateau phase similar to that of typical SNe II. The emission line of stable [Ni II] λ7378, mostly seen in low-luminosity SNe II, is very prominent in the nebular-phase spectra of SN 2020jfo. Using the relative strengths of [Ni II] λ7378 and [Fe II] λ7155, we derive the Ni/Fe production (abundance) ratio of 0.08-0.10, which is ~1.5 times the solar value. The progenitor mass of SN 2020jfo from nebular-phase spectral modelling and semi-analytical modelling falls in the range of 12-15 M⊙. Furthermore, semi-analytical modelling suggests a massive H envelope in the progenitor of SN 2020jfo, which is unlikely for SNe II having short plateaus.