Supernovae shedding light on gamma-ray bursts

Della Valle, M. (2005) Supernovae shedding light on gamma-ray bursts. Il nuovo cimento C, 28 (4\5). pp. 563-573. ISSN 1826-9885

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We review the observational status of the Supernova (SN)/Gamma-Ray Burst (GRB) connection. We review the circumstantial evidences and the direct observations that support the existence of a deep connection between the death of massive stars and GRBs. The present data suggest that SNe associated with GRBs form a heterogeneous class of objects including both bright and faint Hypernovae and perhaps also “standard” Ib/c events. We provide an empirical estimate of the rate of Hypernovae, for a “MilkyWay-like” galaxy, of about ∼ 2.6 × 10−4 yr−1 that may imply the ratio GRB/Hypernovae to be in the range ∼ 0.03−0.7. In the same framework we find the ratio GRB/SNe-Ibc to be ∼ 0.008 ÷ 0.05. We discuss the possible existence of a lag between the SN explosion and the associated gamma-ray event. In the few SN/GRB associations so fardisco vered the SN explosions and GRB events appear to go off simultaneously. Finally we present the conclusions and highlight the open problems that Swift hopefully will allow us to solve.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Paper presented at the “4th Workshop on Gamma-Ray Burst in the Afterglow Era”, Rome, October 18-22, 2004. An extended version is available at astro-ph/0504517.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Supernovae ; γ-ray sources; γ-ray bursts
Subjects: 500 Scienze naturali e Matematica > 520 Astronomia e scienze connesse
Depositing User: Marina Spanti
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2020 17:13
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2020 17:13

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