What Happens When a Massive Star Fails (Sort of) to Explode?

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

SLAC, Kavli 3rd Floor Conf. Room

Eliot Quataert (UC Berkeley)

There are observational and theoretical reasons to suspect that up to 10s of percent of massive stars that undergo core-collapse at the end of their lives fail to explode in a canonical energetic supernova explosion.  In this talk I will describe what transpires in such

nominally failed supernovae and its importance for understanding the masses and spins of black holes (e.g., detected by LIGO).  I will also describe how 'failed' supernovae may manifest themselves observationally in time-domain surveys.