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Observable fractions of core-collapse supernova light curves brightened by binary companions

Moriya, Takashi J., Liu, Zheng-Wei and Izzard, Robert (2015) Observable fractions of core-collapse supernova light curves brightened by binary companions Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 450 (3). pp. 3264-3269.

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Many core-collapse supernova progenitors are presumed to be in binary systems. If a star explodes in a binary system, the early supernova light curve can be brightened by the collision of the supernova ejecta with the companion star. The early brightening can be observed when the observer is in the direction of the hole created by the collision. Based on a population synthesis model, we estimate the fractions of core-collapse supernovae in which the light-curve brightening by the collision can be observed. We find that 0.19 per cent of core-collapse supernova light curves can be observed with the collisional brightening. Type Ibc supernova light curves are more likely to be brightened by the collision (0.53 per cent) because of the high fraction of the progenitors being in binary systems and their proximity to the companion stars. Type II and IIb supernova light curves are less affected (∼10−3 and ∼10−2 per cent, respectively). Although the early, slow light-curve declines of some Type IIb and Ibc supernovae are argued to be caused by the collision with the companion star (e.g. SN 2008D), the small expected fraction, as well as the unrealistically small separation required, disfavour the argument. The future transient survey by the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope is expected to detect ∼10 Type Ibc supernovae with the early collisional brightening per year, and they will be able to provide information on supernova progenitors in binary systems.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Physics
Authors :
Moriya, Takashi J.
Liu, Zheng-Wei
Date : 12 May 2015
DOI : 10.1093/mnras/stv934
Depositing User : Karen Garland
Date Deposited : 04 Oct 2018 15:00
Last Modified : 04 Oct 2018 15:00

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