Late-time X-rays to map the Zoo of Engine-driven Stellar Explosions

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

We propose a continuation of our effort to monitor nearby long GRBs (z <=0.3) with Chandra. Our synergistic multi-wavelength program (radio, optical, Swift and proposed Chandra) is designed to extract the true energy of these explosions and to reveal the activity of their central engines. This effort allows us to: (i) investigate whether sub-energetic GRBs share the same explosion mechanisms and central engines as ordinary GRBs; (ii) investigate what essential physical property enables only a small fraction of supernovae to harbor a relativistic outflow; (iii) understand if jet-driven explosions are common in all SNe. These objectives are only possible by expanding the current small sample of well-observed local GRBs and by drawing comparisons with cosmological GRBs and common SNe.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date3/5/183/4/20

Funding

  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (GO8-19044X // NAS8-03060)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (GO8-19044X // NAS8-03060)

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