Neutron Star Natal Kick and Jets in Core Collapse Supernovae

Ealeal Bear, Noam Soker

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We measure the angle between the neutron star (NS) natal kick direction and the inferred direction of jets according to the morphology of 12 core collapse supernova remnants (SNR), and find that the distribution is almost random, but missing small angles. The 12 SNRs are those for which we could both identify morphological features that we can attribute to jets and for which the direction of the NS natal kick is given in the literature. Unlike some claims for spin-kick alignment, here we rule out jet-kick alignment. We discuss the cumulative distribution function of the jet-kick angles under the assumption that dense clumps that are ejected by the explosion accelerate the NS by the gravitational attraction, and suggest that the jet feedback explosion mechanism might in principle account for the distribution of jet-kick angles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number82
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 10 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • ISM: supernova remnants
  • stars: jets
  • supernovae: general

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