Theoretical X-Ray Light Curves of Young SNe. II. the Example of SN 2013ej

Viktoriya Morozova, James McLellan Stone

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The X-ray signal from hydrogen-rich supernovae (SNe II) in the first tens to hundreds of days after the shock breakout encodes important information about the circumstellar material (CSM) surrounding their progenitors before explosion. In this study, we describe a way to generate SN II X-ray light curves from hydrodynamical simulations performed with the code Athena++, using the X-ray package XSPEC. In addition, we employ a radiation diffusion hydrodynamic code SNEC to generate the optical light curves in different bands. In this numerical setup, we model the X-ray and optical emission from a set of progenitor models, consisting of either two (red supergiant + low-density, steady wind) or three (red supergiant + dense CSM + low-density, steady wind) components. We vary the density in the wind and the slope in the CSM to see how these parameters influence the resulting X-ray and optical light curves. Among our models, we identify one that is able to roughly reproduce both optical and X-ray data of the well-observed SN 2013ej. In order to achieve this, the slope of the dense CSM in this model should be steeper than the one of a steady wind (ρ ∝ r -2) and closer to ρ ∝ r -5. On the other hand, we show that too-steep and extended CSM profiles may produce excessive X-ray emission in the first few tens of days, up to a few orders of magnitude larger than observed. We conclude that the ability to reproduce the observed X-ray signal from SNe II together with their optical light curves is crucial in establishing the validity of different CSM models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • hydrodynamics
  • supernovae: general


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