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Direct evidence of two-component ejecta in supernova 2016gkg from nebular spectroscopy


Jerkstrand,  Anders
Stellar Astrophysics, MPI for Astrophysics, Max Planck Society;

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Kuncarayakti, H., Folatelli, G., Maeda, K., Dessart, L., Jerkstrand, A., Anderson, J. P., et al. (2020). Direct evidence of two-component ejecta in supernova 2016gkg from nebular spectroscopy. The Astrophysical Journal, 902(2): 139. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/abb4e7.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-B70D-D
Spectral observations of the type-IIb supernova (SN) 2016gkg at 300–800 days are reported. The spectra show nebular characteristics, revealing emission from the progenitor star's metal-rich core and providing clues to the kinematics and physical conditions of the explosion. The nebular spectra are dominated by emission lines of [O i] λλ6300, 6364 and [Ca ii] λλ7292, 7324. Other notable, albeit weaker, emission lines include Mg I] λ4571, [Fe ii] λ7155, O I λ7774, Ca II triplet, and a broad, boxy feature at the location of Hα. Unlike in other stripped-envelope SNe, the [O i] doublet is clearly resolved due to the presence of strong narrow components. The doublet shows an unprecedented emission line profile consisting of at least three components for each [O i]λ6300, 6364 line: a broad component (width ~2000 km s−1), and a pair of narrow blue and red components (width ~300 km s−1) mirrored against the rest velocity. The narrow component appears also in other lines, and is conspicuous in [O i]. This indicates the presence of multiple distinct kinematic components of material at low and high velocities. The low-velocity components are likely to be produced by a dense, slow-moving emitting region near the center, while the broad components are emitted over a larger volume. These observations suggest an asymmetric explosion, supporting the idea of two-component ejecta that influence the resulting late-time spectra and light curves. SN 2016gkg thus presents striking evidence for significant asymmetry in a standard-energy SN explosion. The presence of material at low velocity, which is not predicted in 1D simulations, emphasizes the importance of multidimensional explosion modeling of SNe.