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

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

SLAC, Kavli 3rd Floor Conf. Room

Speaker
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.