The Most Luminous Supernovae

  title={The Most Luminous Supernovae},
  author={Avishay Gal-yam},
  journal={Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics},
  • A. Gal-yam
  • Published 28 November 2018
  • Physics
  • Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Over a decade ago, a group of supernova explosions with peak luminosities far exceeding (often by >100 times) those of normal events has been identified. These superluminous supernovae (SLSNe) have been a focus of intensive study. I review the accumulated observations and discuss the implications for the physics of these extreme explosions. ▪ SLSNe can be classified into hydrogen-poor (SLSNe-I) and hydrogen-rich (SLSNe-II) events. ▪ Combining photometric and spectroscopic analysis of samples of… 

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