Three-dimensional Adaptive Mesh Refinement Simulations of Long-duration Gamma-Ray Burst Jets inside Massive Progenitor Stars

Type Journal Article
Names D. López-Cámara, Brian J. Morsony, Mitchell C. Begelman, Davide Lazzati
Publication The Astrophysical Journal
Volume 767
Pages 19
Journal Abbreviation The Astrophysical Journal
Date April 1, 2013
DOI 10.1088/0004-637X/767/1/19;
ISSN 0004-637X
Library Catalog NASA ADS
Abstract We present the results of special relativistic, adaptive mesh refinement, 3D simulations of gamma-ray burst jets expanding inside a realistic stellar progenitor. Our simulations confirm that relativistic jets can propagate and break out of the progenitor star while remaining relativistic. This result is independent of the resolution, even though the amount of turbulence and variability observed in the simulations is greater at higher resolutions. We find that the propagation of the jet head inside the progenitor star is slightly faster in 3D simulations compared to 2D ones at the same resolution. This behavior seems to be due to the fact that the jet head in 3D simulations can wobble around the jet axis, finding the spot of least resistance to proceed. Most of the average jet properties, such as density, pressure, and Lorentz factor, are only marginally affected by the dimensionality of the simulations and therefore results from 2D simulations can be considered reliable.
Tags gamma-ray burst: general, hydrodynamics, supernovae: general
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