Nucleosynthesis in magnetically driven jets from collapsars

Shin Ichiro Fujimoto, Nobuya Nishimura, Masa Aki Hashimoto

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We have made detailed calculations of the composition of magnetically driven jets ejected from collapsars, or rapidly rotating massive stars, based on long-term magnetohydrodynamic simulations of their core collapse with various distributions of magnetic field and angular momentum before collapse. We follow the evolution of the abundances of about 4000 nuclides from the collapse phase to the ejection phase and through the jet generation phase using a large nuclear reaction network. We find that the r-process successfully operates only in energetic jets (>1051 ergs), such that U and Th are synthesized abundantly, even when the collapsar has a relatively weak magnetic field (1010 G) and a moderately rotating core before the collapse. The abundance patterns inside the jets are similar to those of the r-elements in the solar system. About 0.01-0.06 M of neutron-rich, heavy nuclei are ejected from a collapsar with energetic jets. The higher energy jets have larger amounts of 56Ni, varying from 3.7 × 10-4 to 0.06 M. Less energetic jets, which eject small amounts of 56Ni, could induce a gamma-ray burst (GRB) without a supernova, such as GRB 060505 or GRB 060614. Considerable amounts of r-elements are likely to be ejected from GRBs with hypernovae, if both the GRB and hypemova are induced by jets that are driven near the black hole.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1350-1358
Number of pages9
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 20 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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