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East-Asian ALMA Science Workshop 2019
February 19(Wed)-21(Fri), 2020
ASIAA, Taipei, Taiwan

Poster Presentation

ALMA Polarimetry of AT2018cow

Author(s): Kuiyun Huang (CYCU), Yuji Urata (NCU), Kenji Toma (Tohoku U), Jiro Shimoda (Nagoya U), Keiichi Asada (ASIAA), Hiroshi Nagai (NAOJ), Satoko Takahashi (JAO/NAOJ), Glen Petitpas (CfA, Harvard), Makoto Tashiro (Saitama U), Kazutaka Yamaoka (Nagoya U)

Presenter: Kuiyun Huang (Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU))

We present the first radio polarimetric observations of a fast-rising blue optical transient, AT2018cow. Two epochs of polarimetry with additional coincident photometry were performed with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The overall photometric results based on the simultaneous observations in the 100 and 230 GHz bands are consistent with the non-thermal radiation model reported by Ho et al. (2019) and indicate that the spectral peaks (∼ 110 GHz at the first epoch and ∼ 67 GHz at the second epoch) represent the synchrotron self-absorption frequency. The non-detection of linear polarization with <0.15% in the 230 GHz band at the phase when the effect of the synchrotron self-absorption was quite small in the band may be explained by the internal Faraday depolarization with high circumburst density and strong magnetic field. This result supports the stellar explosion scenario rather than the tidal disruption model. The maximum energy of accelerating particles at the shocks of AT2018cow-like objects is also discussed.

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