We present near-infrared light curves of supernova (SN) 2011fe in M101, including 34 epochs in H band starting 14 days before maximum brightness in the B band. The light curve data were obtained with the WIYN High-Resolution Infrared Camera. When the data are calibrated using templates of other Type Ia SNe, we derive an apparent H-band magnitude at the epoch ofB-band maximum of 10.85 ± 0.04. This implies a distance modulus for M101 that ranges from 28.86 to 29.17 mag, depending on which absolute calibration for Type Ia SNe is used.
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T. Matheson, R. R. Joyce, L. E. Allen, A. Saha, D. R. Silva, W. M. Wood-Vasey, J. J. Adams, R. E. Anderson, T. L. Beck, M. C. Bentz, M. A. Bershady, W. S. Binkert, K. Butler, M. A. Camarata, A. Eigenbrot, M. Everett, J. S. Gallagher, P. M. Garnavich, E. Glikman, D. Harbeck, J. R. Hargis, H. Herbst, E. P. Horch, S. B. Howell, S. Jha, J. F. Kaczmarek, P. Knezek, E. Manne-Nicholas, R. D. Mathieu, M. Meixner, K. Milliman, J. Power, J. Rajagopal, K. Reetz, K. L. Rhode, A. Schechtman-Rook, M. E. Schwamb, H. Schweiker, B. Simmons, J. D. Simon, D. Summers, M. D. Young, A. Weyant, E. M. Wilcots, G. Will, and D. Williams. The Infrared Light Curve of SN 2011fe in M101 and the Distance to M101, 2012, The Astrophysical Journal, 754, 19.