Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser.
Volume 138, Number 3, September 1999Gamma-Ray Bursts in the Afterglow Era Contents Rome, November 3-6, 1998
|Page(s)||467 - 468|
|Published online||15 September 1999|
SN 1998bw: The case for a relativistic shock
Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO, Epping 2121, Australia
2 Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy 105-24, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, U.S.A.
3 National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), Socorro, NM 87801, U.S.A. e-mail: email@example.com
Send offprint request to: D.A. Frail
Accepted: 9 June 1999
SN 1998bw shot to fame by claims of association with GRB 980425. Independent of its presumed association with a GRB, this SN is unusual in its radio properties. A simple interpretation of the unusually bright radio emission leads us to the conclusion that there are two shocks in this SN: a slow moving shock containing most of the ejecta and a relativistic shock () which is responsible for the radio emission. This is the first evidence for the existence of relativistic shocks in supernovae. It is quite plausible that this shock may produce high energy emission (at early times and by inverse Compton scattering). As with other supernovae, we expect radio emission at much later times powered primarily by the slow moving ejecta. This expectation has motivated us to continue monitoring this unusual SN.
Key words: gamma-ray: bursts
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