Bright Supernovae from Magnetar Birth

  title={Bright Supernovae from Magnetar Birth},
  author={S. E. Woosley},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  • S. Woosley
  • Published 3 November 2009
  • Physics
  • The Astrophysical Journal
Following an initial explosion that might be launched either by magnetic interactions or neutrinos, a rotating magnetar radiating according to the classic dipole formula could power a very luminous supernova. While some 56Ni might be produced in the initial explosion, the peak of the light curve in a Type I supernova would not be directly related to its mass. In fact, the peak luminosity would be most sensitive to the dipole field strength of the magnetar. The tail of the light curve could… 

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