Supernova explosions interacting with aspherical circumstellar material

… and the implications for light curves, spectral line profiles, and polarization.

Evolution of histograms of line-of-sight velocities as a proxy for spectral line profiles.

Paper led by postdoc Petr Kurfürst explores hydrodynamics of spherical supernova interacting with aspherical CSM. We look at circumstellar disk, bipolar lobes, and shells formed in the wind collision region of binary stars and similar process. While interaction with circumstellar disks (and to some extent with bipolar lobes) leads to expected outcome such as increase in luminosity and double-peaked spectral lines, we find that interaction with colliding wind shells is potentially much more complicated with asymmetric and time-changing line profiles. Cool movies are available on Petr’s website.