Although there is strong support for the collapsar engine as the power source of long-duration gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), we still do not definitively know the progenitor of these explosions. Here we review the current set of progenitor scenarios for long-duration GRBs and the observational constraints on these scenarios. Examining these models, we find that single stars cannot be the only progenitor for long-duration GRBs. Several binary progenitors can match the solid observational constraints and also have the potential to match the trends that we are currently seeing in the observations. Type Ib/c supernovae are also likely to be produced primarily in binaries; we discuss the relationship between the progenitors of these explosions and those of the long-duration GRBs.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific|
|State||Published - Nov 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science