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Gamma-ray Bursts, Type Ibc Supernovae and Star-forming Sites in Host Galaxies

Gamma-ray Bursts, Type Ib/c Supernovae and Star-forming Sites in Host Galaxies
D.Yu.Tsvetkov1 , S.I.Blinnikov2,1 , N.N.Pavlyuk1

arXiv:astro-ph/0101362v1 21 Jan 2001

Astronomical Institute, 119899 Moscow, Russia e–mail: tsvetkov@sai.msu.su; blinn@sai.msu.su; pavlyuk@sai.msu.su 2 Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics, 117218 Moscow, Russia e–mail: sergei.blinnikov@itep.ru
Abstract The data on the location of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) relative to their host galaxies are used to derive the distribution of surface density of GRBs along the galaxy radius. It is shown that the gradient of GRB surface density changes abruptly near the half-light radius. In the central parts of galaxies the distribution of GRBs resembles closely the luminosity distribution, while in the outer parts the galactic surface brightness falls much steeper than the GRBs density. The radial distribution of type Ib/c supernovae is investigated on the basis of enlarged statistics. It is shown that SNe Ib/c do not di?er signi?cantly from other types of supernovae and their distribution is more similar to the one for recent star formation sites than that of GRBs. In spite of the poor statistics of GRBs, the di?erence in the distributions of active star formation regions and GRBs appears to be signi?cant. We get the KolmogorovSmirnov probability PKS of only 4% that GRBs and star-forming sites belong to the same distribution. The correlation of GRBs with the distribution of dark matter in the outer parts of galaxies is not excluded.

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Keywords: Gamma-rays: bursts — Supernovae — Dark Matter

The investigations of spatial distribution of supernovae (SNe) in parent galaxies have given important clues to the probable nature of progenitors, whose evolution results in SN outbursts of various types (see, for example, Bartunov et al., 1992; Bartunov et al. 1994; Bartunov, Tsvetkov 1997; van den Bergh 1997). The observational data on gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) available now are somewhat similar to the data for SNe. Certainly, it is necessary to remember that the errors of GRB localization in the host galaxies are larger than for supernovae, and statistics of localized GRBs is much poorer. Nevertheless, the technique used in the papers by Bartunov et al.(1992, 1994) has given important results for SNe, when their statistics was also not very rich. Therefore, it is of interest to apply the technique used for SN studies to the research of the GRB distribution. Discovery of GRB afterglows and the measurement of their redshifts puts stringent requirements on theoretical models of gamma-ray bursts which are extremely hard to satisfy (see reviews by Piran 1999; Postnov 1999). The GRB distribution in parent galaxies is very important for comprehension of their nature. Models, in which the gamma-ray burst is born at a blow-up of massive stars should result in a correlation of GRBs with star-forming regions. In the model of merged double relativistic stars the gamma-ray burst can take place far away from the sites of origin of massive stars. And at last, the GRB models involving exotic versions of dark matter (see the review by Blinnikov, 2000) are o?ered. Finding a correlation of the GRB distribution with any type of the stellar population or with dark matter will allow one to shed light on their origin.

Investigating the GRB distribution
The recent observational data on the location of GRBs in parent galaxies are assembled in the paper by Bloom et al. (2000). For 20 GRBs the angular distances from centers of galaxies are determined, among them for 15 GRBs the redshift is known, and linear distances are determined as well. For normalization of distances, the e?ective radius of a galaxy Re? is used, i.e. the radius inside which half of the luminosity is radiated. The e?ective radii are determined directly from observations or are estimated on the basis of an empirical relation between the galaxy stellar magnitude and the e?ective radius. Bloom et al.(2000) have constructed cumulative distributions for relative (angular) and absolute (physical) GRB o?sets from centers of their apparent host galaxies, and also a histogram of the o?set distribution as a function of relative distances with account of errors of measurements. Bloom et al.(2000) conclude, that the observed distributions are in good agreement with the distribution of the population belonging to the exponential disk of galaxies, and does not agree with the distribution of merging relativistic objects, i.e. binary neutron stars and neutron stars in pairs with black holes. Those pairs can travel a long distance from the sites of massive star formation before they collapse and produce a GRB. In our opinion, the representation of radial distribution of objects as a function of surface density from distance to center is preferable for comparing with the distributions of various populations in galaxies. As in the paper by Bartunov et al.(1992), we have determined the smoothed surface density 2 2 of GRBs, σi = Ni /π(ri+1 ? ri ), where ri is the radius of the i-th bin expressed either in terms


of e?ective radius of a galaxy (rrel ) or in kiloparsecs; Ni is the smoothed number of objects in the i-th bin computed from true numbers ni as Ni = 0.5ni + 0.25(ni?1 + ni+1 ). In Fig. 1 the dependence of the surface GRB density on the relative distance to center (in terms of e?ective radius) is shown. The data for 18 GRB are used: two of the 20 GRBs with relative distances 9.7 and 11.0 are excluded from the list. For them, according to Bloom et al.(2000) the probable host galaxies are not identi?ed, and the indicated values of o?sets are assigned to the nearest galaxies in the ?eld. The interval of the binning is taken equal to 0.4; only the statistical errors, proportional to (Ni )0.5 are shown. It is clear, that the gradient of the surface density of GRBs, d lg(σ)/drrel changes sharply at rrel = 1.0 – the steep decreasing of density is replaced by a slower decline. The dependence of lg(σ) on rrel can be approximated by two straight lines, with the gradients ?1.4 ± 0.1 and ?0.28 ± 0.02 respectively. In the papers by Bartunov et al.(1992), Bartunov and Tsvetkov (1997) the gradients of logarithms of surface density for supernovae of various types and, for comparison, also for various types of the stellar population in galaxies were determined. For normalization, the values of diameters of galaxies D25 from the catalogue RC3 (de Vaucouleurs et al. 1991) were used. To compare these data to the results for GRBs, we have calculated the mean ratio D25 /2Re? = 2.7 for all galaxies in RC3, for which these parameters are known. Then, for the normalization of distances on the radius 0.5D25 , the gradients of lg(σ) will make ?3.8 and ?0.76 respectively. The density gradient of GRBs in central areas of galaxies is essentially steeper than for the studied supernova samples, and it agrees well with the gradient of surface brightness of elliptic galaxies. However, in external areas of galaxies the gradient of the surface GRB density is more shallow than for supernova and for surface brightness of galaxies of all types, though the number of GRBs in this area is not su?cient for ?rm conclusions. The distribution of starforming regions in spiral galaxies di?ers strongly from the GRB distribution both in central areas, and in periphery of galaxies. In Fig.1 the distributions of surface brightness in elliptical and spiral galaxies are shown for comparison, and also the distribution of OB-associations in M33 and H II regions in NGC 3184 according Burstein (1979), Humphreys, Sandage (1980), Boroson (1981), Hodge, Kennicutt (1983). These distributions were shifted along the ordinate for the best adjustment with the data for GRBs. It is clear that the GRB distribution in central areas of galaxies agrees well with the distribution of the luminosity both in elliptical and in spiral galaxies. The distribution of star-forming regions di?ers sharply from the GRB surface density. Fig. 2 demonstrates the dependence of the GRB surface density on the distance to centers of galaxies expressed in kiloparsecs. The data for 14 GRB and the binning interval of 1.2 kpc are used. For r < 5 kpc the dependence is well approximated by a straight line, the gradient lg(σ) is equal to ?0.40 ± 0.03, this corresponds to the value r0 = 1.1 kpc in the expression σ ? exp(?r/r0 ). As well as for the distribution on the relative o?set, the GRB density gradient here is signi?cantly steeper than for all studied supernova samples. The dependence of the GRB surface density on radius is in very good agreement with the distribution of surface brightness in elliptical galaxies and di?ers from that of star-forming regions. The GRB distributions considered above di?er from radial distributions of supernovae of all types (Bartunov et al. 1992; Bartunov, Tsvetkov 1997; van den Bergh 1997). The supernova distribution is represented rather well by an exponential law of the density, decreasing with a constant factor, practically in the whole disk of spiral galaxies, which matches well the typical distribution of luminosity in the disk of spiral galaxies. A special interest represents the research of type Ib/c supernova distribution: ?rst, Bartunov et al.(1992) found an unexpectedly strong concentration to centers of galaxies for them; second, some of GRBs are claimed to be physically related to SN Ib/c outbursts. 3

For our study, the data on 50 SNe Ib/c from the SAI supernova Catalogue (Tsvetkov et al., 2000) were used. The obtained radial distributions of SNe Ib/c are also shown in Figs.1 and 2. It is clear, that the dependence of a log of surface density SN Ib/c both on the relative o?set and on the physical radial distance is represented rather well by straight lines. The gradient of lg(σ) is ?2.1 ± 0.1 when the o?set is expressed in units of 0.5D25 , and the dependence of lg(σ) on the physical radius in kiloparsecs makes the gradient ?0.18 ± 0.01 with r0 = 2.4 kpc. The distributions of SN Ib/c are in a reasonably good agreement with the distributions of OBassociations and H II regions and di?er noticeably from the GRB distributions. The density gradient of SN Ib/c practically coincides with the gradient of surface brightness of spiral galaxies in their external parts and is close enough to the appropriate data for supernovae of other types. The qualitative conclusions drawn above are con?rmed by the results of applying the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test (Press et al. 1986) to the studied samples of objects. The GRB distribution over the relative o?set was compared to the other distributions shown in Fig.1. We get the following values of the probability PKS that a given pair belongs to the same distribution. For the pair (GRB - surface brightness of spirals): PKS =68%; (GRB - surface brightness of ellipticals): PKS =40%; (GRB - OB-associations and H II regions): PKS =4%; (GRB - supernovae of type Ib/c): PKS = 9%.

The obtained GRB o?set distributions relative the host galaxies already allow us to draw some conclusions. For a while they remain preliminary, but with the accumulation of the observational data and the improvement of statistics, the technique used in this paper will be very helpful for revealing the nature of gamma-ray bursts. If a gamma-ray burst is born during collapse of a massive star (Woosley 1993; Fryer, Woosley 1998; Fryer et al., 1999a, 1999b; Popham et al. 1999; Gershtein 2000; Cherepashchuk, Postnov 2000), a strong correlation of GRBs with star-forming areas or with Wolf-Rayet stars should be observed. In the model of merging binary neutron stars (Blinnikov et al. 1984; Paczy?ski 1986; Eichler n et al. 1989) and pairs of neutron stars with black holes (Lattimer, Schramm 1974,1976), a gamma-ray burst can occur on a considerable distance from the areas of origin of massive stars, although this is only one option in the merger scenario, and the problem demands a special research. And at last, because of numerous di?culties of explaining GRBs in the standard physics, the models are o?ered that involve exotic particles, various versions of dark matter etc. (Loeb 1993; Bertolami 1999; Demir, Mosquera Cuesta 1999; Iwazaki 1999; Blinnikov 1999; Berezhiani, Drago 2000; see the review by Blinnikov 2000). The nature of dark matter remains obscure. We touch only brie?y upon some of the recent results in this area which can be relevant for the GRB problem. Until recently, hypothetical very weakly interacting particles were considered as the most probable candidates for the explanation of all known data on dark matter (for example, superlight axions or, on the contrary, very 4

massive WIMPs - Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, such as neutralinos). These particles are non-relativistic in the present epoch (i.e. they are probable constituents of “Cold Dark Matter” = CDM), this is necessary for explaining the formation of galaxies and their clusters. However, the theory using such particles, has met with a number of di?culties. At ?rst, the rotation curves of galaxies, which are also determined by dark matter, show that CDM should have constant density in central areas of galaxies, whereas the calculations in CDM models for weakly interacting particles produce structures with a sharp cusp in the center and a density decrease according the law ∝ 1/r 2 . Secondly, the calculations give too large number of CDM clouds in massive halos of galaxies – a factor of 10 - 50 more than permissible. Spergel and Steinhardt (2000) suggested that both these problems can be solved if the dark matter particles su?ciency strongly and elastically interact among themselves: central galactic peaks are ?attened, and the inter-galactic clouds dissipate. In the paper by Meneghetti et al. (2000) the limits on the strength of the self-interaction of CDM particles are obtained. It is found, that when the cross-section of interaction of the dark matter particles is too large, the structure of clusters of galaxies is ?attened so strongly, that it is impossible to explain such observable phenomena as giant arcs in the images of distant quasars and galaxies created by invisible matter of clusters due to the e?ect of the gravitational lensing. The comparison with observations shows that the cross-section of interaction of CDM particles per unit mass should not exceed ? 0.1 cm2 g?1 . It is interesting, that the upper limit on self-interaction follows also from other reasons. Burkert (2000) has presented the review of results indicating that, when the cross-section is too large, the homogeneous isothermal CDM core collapses quickly. It is important, that the crosssection can not be much less. Otherwise, one fails to achieve the desirable e?ect of smoothing the galactic cusps. The large cross-section of interaction can result in the formation of stellar-like objects consisting of dark matter, which can collapse and generate gamma-ray bursts via various paths (Blinnikov 2000). One should not forget, that the dark matter can consist of diverse particles, e.g. in the models of ‘mirror’ matter (Kobzarev et al. 1966), and an hierarchy of the stellar populations can be formed there, similar to ordinary matter (Blinnikov, Khlopov 1983; Berezhiani et al. 1996, Foot, Volkas 1997,2000; Silagadze 1999; Mohapatra, Teplitz 2000). By the way, this can explain MACHO events (Berezhiani et al. 1996; Blinnikov 1998; Silagadze 1997; Foot 1999; Mohapatra, Teplitz 1999). The invisible matter in many spiral galaxies can be distributed as neutral hydrogen in central areas, and in the outer parts its density falls considerably slower (Hoekstra et al. 2000). The analysis of observations, carried out by us, shows that the radial GRB distribution in internal parts of galaxies is similar to the population of a spherical population of galaxies, and in external parts their density drops slower, than for visible disks of spiral galaxies, i.e. it is qualitatively similar to dark matter. Our results show, that GRBs are distributed along the radii unlike the sites of active star formation in nearby galaxies. However, many observers of GRB afterglows insist that they see them mainly in galaxies totally covered by a burst of star formation (Sokolov et al. 2000). The morphology of these galaxies is very irregular. In such a case it would be inappropriate to compare these peculiar galaxies with nearby normal spirals. Nevertheless, in these cases again it is impossible to say that a gamma-ray burst is necessarily produced by an ordinary massive star. Something should cause bursts of star formation in such galaxies. Sometimes, but it is very rare, star-forming galaxies have satellites, whose tidal force could serve as the “trigger” for bursts of stellar births. However, mostly they seem to be single (see Taylor et al. 1995; Telles, Maddox 2000). It is very probable, as noted by Trentham et al. (2000) (and even earlier by Blinnikov 1999, 2000), that such galaxies interact gravitationally with a satellite consisting of 5

dark matter. If GRBs are produced by dark matter objects, we should see a natural correlation with a star formation burst in visible matter, but certainly, it would not be a proof of genetic connection of gamma-ray bursts and ordinary massive stars. Of course, one should not forget also that there are bright afterglows like GRB 000301C, and no galaxies with brightness down to 29m are revealed there. There are also other hints on existence of absolutely dark galaxies (Trentham et al. 2000). Conclusions. GRBs are distributed like visible matter in bulges of spiral and elliptic galaxies, and in the outer parts their surface density falls much more slowly than the luminosity of galaxies. They do not follow the distribution of the regions of active star formation or SNe Ib/c in nearby spiral galaxies, but follow their spherical population in central parts. The current data do not at all exclude the GRB correlation with dark matter in the outskirts of galaxies (in spite of a powerful selection e?ect: the afterglows should be more often observed in the regions with the higher density of ordinary matter). Acknowledgements. We thank S.S.Gershtein, K.A.Postnov, M.E.Prokhorov and V.V.Sokolov for stimulating discussions and O.K.Silchenko for invaluable help. The work is supported by the grant RFBR 99-02-16205.

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Figure 1: Dependence of logarithm of the GRB surface density on relative o?set (in units of e?ective galaxy radius). Solid dots correspond to the surface density of GRBs with respect to the center of each binning interval, solid line is the dependence of surface brightness of ellipticals on radius, dashed-dotted – the same dependence for spirals, dashed – OB-associations in M33 and H II zones in NGC 3184, dotted line – the distribution of type Ib/c supernovae.











Figure 2: Dependence of the surface density of GRBs (solid dots) on absolute distance, in units of kpc. Solid line corresponds to the dependence of surface brightness of ellipticals on radius, dashed – OB-associations in M33 and H II zones in NGC 3184, dotted line – the distribution of type Ib/c supernovae.


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