Magnetohydrodynamic simulations of the collapsar model for early and late evolution of gamma-ray bursts

D. Proga
2007 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences  
I present results from magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations of a gaseous envelope collapsing onto a black hole. These results support the notion that the collapsar model is one of most promising scenarios to explain the huge release of energy in a matter of seconds associated with Gamma Ray Bursts (GRB). Additionally, the MHD simulations show that at late times, when the mass supply rate is expected to decrease, the region in the vicinity of the black hole can play an important role in
more » ... ant role in determining the rate of accretion, its time behaviour, and ultimately the energy output. In particular, the magnetic flux accumulated around the black hole can repeatedly stop and then restart the energy release. As proposed by Proga and Zhang, the episode or episodes of reoccurring of accretion processes can correspond to X-ray flares discovered recently in a number of GRBs.
doi:10.1098/rsta.2006.1990 pmid:17293321 fatcat:5w4ldrjzmbbvhbflkek5gdhnyu