Estimating the contribution of dynamical ejecta in the kilonova associated with GW170817

Abbott, B. P. et al. (2017) Estimating the contribution of dynamical ejecta in the kilonova associated with GW170817. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 850(2), L39. (doi:10.3847/2041-8213/aa9478)

Abbott, B. P. et al. (2017) Estimating the contribution of dynamical ejecta in the kilonova associated with GW170817. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 850(2), L39. (doi:10.3847/2041-8213/aa9478)

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Abstract

The source of the gravitational-wave (GW) signal GW170817, very likely a binary neutron star merger, was also observed electromagnetically, providing the first multi-messenger observations of this type. The two-week-long electromagnetic (EM) counterpart had a signature indicative of an r-process-induced optical transient known as a kilonova. This Letter examines how the mass of the dynamical ejecta can be estimated without a direct electromagnetic observation of the kilonova, using GW measurements and a phenomenological model calibrated to numerical simulations of mergers with dynamical ejecta. Specifically, we apply the model to the binary masses inferred from the GW measurements, and use the resulting mass of the dynamical ejecta to estimate its contribution (without the effects of wind ejecta) to the corresponding kilonova light curves from various models. The distributions of dynamical ejecta mass range between = - - - M M ej 10 10  3 2 for various equations of state, assuming that the neutron stars are rotating slowly. In addition, we use our estimates of the dynamical ejecta mass and the neutron star merger rates inferred from GW170817 to constrain the contribution of events like this to the r-process element abundance in the Galaxy when ejecta mass from post-merger winds is neglected. We find that if 10% of the matter dynamically ejected from binary neutron star (BNS) mergers is converted to r-process elements, GW170817-like BNS mergers could fully account for the amount of r-process material observed in the Milky Way.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Gravitational waves, methods: data analysis, stars: neutron.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:TOLAND, Karl and Grant, Mr Alastair and Pearlstone, Brynley and Robie, Raymond and Messenger, Dr Christopher and Isa, Hafizah Noor Binti and Bell, Dr Angus and Williams, Mr Daniel and Pascucci, Daniela and Hammond, Professor Giles and Hild, Professor Stefan and Barr, Dr Bryan and Sorazu Lucio, Dr Borja and Lee, Kyung Ha and Keitel, David and Leavey, Mr Sean and Gabbard, Hunter Arthur and Steinlechner, Dr Jessica and Veitch, Dr John and Houston, Ewan and Phelps, Margot H and Heng, Professor Ik Siong and Dupej, Peter and van Veggel, Dr Marielle and Newton, Dr Gavin and Zhang, Teng and Graef, Dr Christian and Hendry, Professor Martin and Scott, Dr Jamie and Mangano, Valentina and Rowan, Professor Sheila and Martin, Dr Iain and Robertson, Professor Norna and Tornasi, Zeno and SPENCER, Andrew and Cumming, Dr Alan and Masso Herrera, Mariela and Hennig, Mr Jan-Simon and Cunningham, Dr Liam and Barclay, Miss Sheena and Woan, Professor Graham and Tait, Simon and WRIGHT, Jennifer and Steinlechner, Dr Sebastian and Powell, Jade and Hough, Professor James and Bayley, Joseph and Huttner, Dr Sabina and Strain, Professor Kenneth and Jones, Mr Russell and DOUGLAS, Rebecca and Haughian, Dr Karen and HART, Martin and Chan, Man Leong and Pitkin, Dr Matthew and Murray, Dr Peter and Fletcher, Mr Mark
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Subjects:Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Research Group:Institute for Gravitational Research
Journal Name:Astrophysical Journal Letters
Publisher:American Astronomical Society
ISSN:2041-8205
ISSN (Online):2041-8213
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713722Investigations in gravitational radiationSheila RowanScience & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)ST/N005422/1S&E P&A - PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY