Gravitational-wave signature of core-collapse supernovae

David Vartanyan, Adam Burrows, Tianshu Wang, Matthew S.B. Coleman, Christopher J. White

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We calculate the gravitational-wave (GW) signatures of detailed three-dimensional (3D) core-collapse supernova simulations spanning a range of massive stars. Most of the simulations are carried out to times late enough to capture more than 95% of the total GW emission. We find that the f/g-mode and f-mode of protoneutron star oscillations carry away most of the GW power. The f-mode frequency inexorably rises as the protoneutron star (PNS) core shrinks. We demonstrate that the GW emission is excited mostly by accretion plumes onto the PNS that energize modal oscillations and also high-frequency ("haze") emission correlated with the phase of violent accretion. The duration of the major phase of emission varies with exploding progenitor, and there is a strong correlation between the total GW energy radiated and the compactness of the progenitor. Moreover, the total GW emissions vary by as much as 3 orders of magnitude from star to star. For black hole formation, the GW signal tapers off slowly and does not manifest the haze seen for the exploding models. For such failed models, we also witness the emergence of a spiral shock motion that modulates the GW emission at a frequency near ∼100 Hz that slowly increases as the stalled shock sinks. We find significant angular anisotropy of both the high- and low-frequency (memory) GW emissions, though the latter have very little power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number103015
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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