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Electromagnetic priors for black hole spindown in searches for gravitational waves from supernovae and long GRBs

By M. H. P. M. van Putten, M. Della Valle and A. Levinson

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Context. Some core-collapse supernovae appear to be hyper-energetic, and a subset of these are aspherical and associated with long GRBs. Aims. We use observations of electromagnetic emission from core-collapse supernovae and GRBs to impose constraints on their free energy source as a prior to searches for their gravitational wave emission. Methods. We review these events based on a finite efficiency for the conversion of spin energy to magnetic winds powering supernovae. Results. We find that some of the hyper-energetic events cannot be powered by the spindown of rapidly rotating proto-neutron stars by virtue of their limited rotational energy. They can, instead, be produced by the spindown of black holes providing a distinct prospect for gravitational-wave emission of interest to LIGO, Virgo, and the LCGT

Topics: black hole physics, radiation mechanisms: non-thermal, gravitational waves
Publisher: EDP Sciences
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1051/0004-6361/201118080
OAI identifier: oai:edpsciences.org:dkey/10.1051/0004-6361/201118080
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