Spectra and light curves of failed supernovae

Chris L. Fryer, Peter J. Brown, Filomena Bufano, Jon A. Dahl, Christopher J. Fontes, Lucille H. Frey, Stephen T. Holland, Aimee L. Hungerford, Stefan Immler, Paolo Mazzali, Peter A. Milne, Evan Scannapieco, Nevin Weinberg, Patrick Young

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Astronomers have proposed a number of mechanisms to produce supernova explosions. Although many of these mechanisms are now not considered primary engines behind supernovae (SNe), they do produce transients that will be observed by upcoming ground-based surveys and NASA satellites. Here, we present the first radiation-hydrodynamics calculations of the spectra and light curves from three of these "failed" SNe: SNe with considerable fallback, accretion-induced collapse of white dwarfs, and energetic helium flashes (also known as type Ia SNe).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-207
Number of pages15
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009


  • Gravitational waves
  • Neutrinos
  • Supernovae: general
  • White dwarfs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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