Light from a Dying Star: Optical Transient from an Explosion Close to the Stellar Surface
Almog Yalinewich (CITA)
November 11, 2019
Abstract: We study the hydrodynamic evolution of an explosion close to the stellar surface, and give predictions for the radiation from such an event. We show that such an event will give rise to a multi-wavelength transient. We apply this model to describe a precursor burst to the peculiar supernova iPTF14hls, which occurred in 1954, sixty year before the supernova. We propose that the new generation of optical surveys might detect similar transients, and they can be used to identify supernova progenitors well before the explosion.