Unifying the Zoo of Jet-driven Stellar Explosions

Type Journal Article
Names Davide Lazzati, Brian J. Morsony, Christopher H. Blackwell, Mitchell C. Begelman
Publication The Astrophysical Journal
Volume 750
Issue 1
Pages 68
Date May 1, 2012
URL http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2012ApJ...750...68L
Library Catalog NASA ADS
Abstract We present a set of numerical simulations of stellar explosions induced by relativistic jets emanating from a central engine sitting at the center of compact, dying stars. We explore a wide range of durations of the central engine activity, two candidate stellar progenitors, and two possible values of the total energy release. We find that even if the jets are narrowly collimated, their interaction with the star unbinds the stellar material, producing a stellar explosion. We also find that the outcome of the explosion can be very different depending on the duration of the engine activity. Only the longest-lasting engines result in successful gamma-ray bursts. Engines that power jets only for a short time result in relativistic supernova (SN) explosions, akin to observed engine-driven SNe such as SN2009bb. Engines with intermediate durations produce weak gamma-ray bursts, with properties similar to nearby bursts such as GRB 980425. Finally, we find that the engines with the shortest durations, if they exist in nature, produce stellar explosions that lack sizable amounts of relativistic ejecta and are therefore dynamically indistinguishable from ordinary core-collapse SNe.
Tags gamma-ray burst: general, hydrodynamics, supernovae: general, supernovae: individual: SN2009bb
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