M. van Putten
E.P.J. van den Heuvel
- Constraints on Type Ib/c Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Burst Progenitors
- Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API)
Although there is strong support for the collapsar engine as the power source of long-duration gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), we still do not definitively know the progenitor of these explosions. Here we review the current set of progenitor scenarios for long-duration GRBs and the observational constraints on these scenarios. Examining these models, we find that single stars cannot be the only progenitor for long-duration GRBs. Several binary progenitors can match the solid observational constraints and also have the potential to match the trends that we are currently seeing in the observations. Type Ib/c supernovae are also likely to be produced primarily in binaries; we discuss the relationship between the progenitors of these explosions and those of the long-duration GRBs.
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- DOI: 10.1086/523768
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