Blue supergiant progenitor models of Type II supernovae

D. Vanbeveren, N. Mennekens, W. Van Rensbergen, C. De Loore

Astrophysical Institute, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

In the present paper we show that within all the uncertainties that govern the process of Roche lobe overflow in Case Br type massive binaries, it can not be excluded that a significant fraction of them merge and become single stars. We demonstrate that at least some of them will spend most of their core helium burning phase as hydrogen rich blue stars, populating the massive blue supergiant region and/or the massive Be type star population. The evolutionary simulations let us suspect that these mergers will explode as luminous hydrogen rich stars and it is tempting to link them to at least some super luminous supernovae.

Reference: A&A (in press)
Status: Manuscript has been accepted

Weblink: arXiv: 1212.4285