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On the diversity of superluminous supernovae: Ejected mass as the dominant factor

Nicholl, M.; Smartt, Stephen J.; Jerkstrand, Anders; Inserra, Cosimo; Sim, Stuart; Chen, Ting-Wan; Benetti, Stefano; Fraser, M; Gal-Yam, Avishay; Kankare, E; Botticella, M T; Le Guillou, L; Childress, Michael; Scalzo, Richard; Schmidt, Brian; Yuan, Fang


We assemble a sample of 24 hydrogen-poor superluminous supernovae (SLSNe). Parameterizing the light-curve shape through rise and decline time-scales shows that the two are highly correlated. Magnetar-powered models can reproduce the correlation, with the diversity in rise and decline rates driven by the diffusion time-scale. Circumstellar interaction models can exhibit a similar rise-decline relation, but only for a narrow range of densities, which may be problematic for these models. We find...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stv1522
Access Rights: Open Access


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