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Title: Light Curves and Spectra from a Unimodal Core-collapse Supernova

To assess the effectiveness of optical emission as a probe of spatial asymmetry in core-collapse supernovae (CCSNe), we apply in this paper the radiative transfer software SuperNu to a unimodal CCSN model. The SNSPH radiation hydrodynamics software was used to simulate an asymmetric explosion of a 16 $${M}_{\odot }$$ zero-age main-sequence binary star. The ejecta has 3.36 $${M}_{\odot }$$ with 0.024 $${M}_{\odot }$$ of radioactive 56Ni, with unipolar asymmetry along the z-axis. For 96 discrete angular views, we find a ratio between maximum and minimum peak total luminosities of ~1.36. The brightest light curves emerge from views orthogonal to the z-axis. Multigroup spectra from UV to IR are obtained. We find a shift in wavelength with viewing angle in a near-IR Ca ii emission feature, consistent with Ca being mostly in the unimode. We compare emission from the gray gamma-ray transfer in SuperNu and from the detailed gamma-ray transfer code Maverick. Relative to the optical light curves, the brightness of the gamma-ray emission is more monotonic with respect to viewing angle. UBVRI broadband light curves are also calculated. Parallel with the unimode, the U and B bands have excess luminosity at $$\gtrsim 10$$ days post-explosion, due to 56Ni on the unimode. Finally, we compare our CCSN model with SN 2002ap, which is thought to have a similar ejecta morphology.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States). Flash Center for Computational Science. Dept. of Astronomy & Astrophysics
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Journal ID: ISSN 1538-4357
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The Astrophysical Journal (Online)
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Journal Name: The Astrophysical Journal (Online); Journal Volume: 845; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 1538-4357
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Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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United States
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; hydrodynamics; radiative transfer; supernovae
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