Title

Bright Merger-nova Emission Powered By Magnetic Wind From A Newborn Black Hole

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2018

Publication Title

Astrophysical Journal Letters

Publisher

Institute of Physics Publishing

Volume

852

Issue

1

Abstract

Mergers of neutron star-neutron star (NS-NS) or neutron star-black hole (NS-BH) binaries are candidate sources of gravitational waves (GWs). At least a fraction of the merger remnants should be a stellar mass BH with sub-relativistic ejecta. A collimated jet is launched via the Blandford-Znajek mechanism from the central BH to trigger a short gamma-ray burst (sGRB). At the same time, a near-isotropic wind may be driven by the Blandford-Payne mechanism (BP). In previous work, additional energy injection to the ejecta from the BP mechanism was ignored, and radioactive decay has long been thought to be the main source of the kilonova energy. In this Letter, we propose that the wind driven by the BP mechanism from the newborn BH's disk can heat up and push the ejecta during the prompt emission phase or even at late times when there is fall-back accretion. Such a BP-powered merger-nova could be bright in the optical band even for a low-luminosity sGRB. The detection of a GW merger event with a BH clearly identified as a remnant, accompanied by a bright merger-nova, would provide robust confirmation of our model. © 2017. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved..

Keywords

gamma-ray burst: general; gravitational waves

Language

English

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