Constraints on type Ib/c supernovae and gamma-ray burst progenitors

Chris L. Fryer, Paolo A. Mazzali, Jason Prochaska, Enrico Cappellaro, Alin Panaitescu, Edo Berger, Maurice Van Putten, Ed P J Van Den Heuvel, Patrick Young, Aimee Hungerford, Gabriel Rockefeller, Sung Chul Yoon, Philipp Podsiadlowski, Ken'ichi Nomoto, Roger Chevalier, Brian Schmidt, Shri Kulkarni

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1211-1232
Number of pages22
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Issue number861
StatePublished - Nov 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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