A View of Supernovae (and Other Transients) Through Infrared Eyes
Ori Fox



Infrared wavelengths have three advantages when it comes to observing supernovae (SNe) and other transients, such as gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). 1) Higher sensitivity to warm dust, which traces shock interaction and probes the SN circumstellar environment, particularly those formed by the dense winds of massive star progenitors. 2) Lower susceptibility to extinction by the cold dust that can both obscure SNe in dusty star forming regions and limit the accuracy of SN rate studies. 3) Optimized window for high-redshift targets, such as GRBs, that probe the epoch of reionization. Here I present a multi-wavelength, infrared-centric overview of SNe and GRBs. I will discuss how these results set the stage for future infrared missions, such as JWST, WFIRST, and the TMT.