3 years ago

Compact binary merger and kilonova: outflows from remnant disc.

Rajiv Kumar, Wei-Min Gu, Tuan Yi, Hui-Jun Mu, Tong Liu, Cui-Ying Song

Outflows launched from a remnant disc of compact binary merger may have essential contribution to the kilonova emission. Numerical calculations are conducted in this work to study the structure of accretion flows and outflows. By the incorporation of limited-energy advection in the hyper-accretion discs, outflows occur naturally from accretion flows due to imbalance between the viscous heating and the sum of the advective and radiative cooling. Following this spirit, we revisit the properties of the merger outflow ejecta. Our results show that around $10^{-3} \sim 10^{-1} M_\odot$ of the disc mass can be launched as powerful outflows. The amount of unbound mass varies with the disc mass and the viscosity. The outflow-contributed peak luminosity is around $10^{40} \sim 10^{41}$ erg/s. Such a scenario can account for the observed kilonovae associated with short gamma-ray bursts, including the recent event AT2017gfo (GW170817).

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.09717

DOI: arXiv:1801.09717v1

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