Journal Article

Going out with a bang: compact object collisions resulting from supernovae in binary systems

E. Troja, G. A. Wynn, P. T. O'Brien and S. Rosswog

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 401, issue 2, pages 1381-1387
Published in print January 2010 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online January 2010 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.15747.x
Going out with a bang: compact object collisions resulting from supernovae in binary systems

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Binary star systems containing a neutron star or a black hole with an evolved, massive star are dynamically perturbed when the latter undergoes a supernova explosion. It is possible that the natal kick received by the newly formed neutron star in the supernova may place the stellar remnants into a bound, highly eccentric orbit. In this case, the two compact objects can tidally interact and spiral into one another on a short time-scale. The interaction with an accretion disc of supernova debris is also considered. We quantify the likelihood of such events and show that they would be expected to produce a high-energy transient, possibly a short gamma-ray burst, typically within a few days of the supernova.

Keywords: black hole physics; binaries: general; stars: neutron; supernovae: general; gamma rays: bursts; X-rays: bursts

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Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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