Equation of State Effects on Gravitational Waves from Rotating Core Collapse

Equation of State Effects on Gravitational Waves from Rotating Core Collapse

Sherwood Richers srichers@tapir.caltech.edu TAPIR, Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellow NSF Blue Waters Graduate Fellow Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM, USA    Christian D. Ott TAPIR, Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan    Ernazar Abdikamalov Department of Physics, School of Science and Technology, Nazarbayev University, Astana 010000, Kazakhstan    Evan O’Connor Department of Physics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA Hubble Fellow    Chris Sullivan National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA Department of Physics and Astronomy, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics: Center for the Evolution of the Elements, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA
January 10, 2017
Abstract

Gravitational waves (GWs) generated by axisymmetric rotating collapse, bounce, and early postbounce phases of a galactic core-collapse supernova will be detectable by current-generation gravitational wave observatories. Since these GWs are emitted from the quadrupole-deformed nuclear-density core, they may encode information on the uncertain nuclear equation of state (EOS). We examine the effects of the nuclear EOS on GWs from rotating core collapse and carry out 1824 axisymmetric general-relativistic hydrodynamic simulations that cover a parameter space of 98 different rotation profiles and 18 different EOS. We show that the bounce GW signal is largely independent of the EOS and sensitive primarily to the ratio of rotational to gravitational energy, , and at high rotation rates, to the degree of differential rotation. The GW frequency () of postbounce core oscillations shows stronger EOS dependence that can be parameterized by the core’s EOS-dependent dynamical frequency . We find that the ratio of the peak frequency to the dynamical frequency follows a universal trend that is obeyed by all EOS and rotation profiles and that indicates that the nature of the core oscillations changes when the rotation rate exceeds the dynamical frequency. We find that differences in the treatments of low-density nonuniform nuclear matter, of the transition from nonuniform to uniform nuclear matter, and in the description of nuclear matter up to around twice saturation density can mildly affect the GW signal. More exotic, higher-density physics is not probed by GWs from rotating core collapse. We furthermore test the sensitivity of the GW signal to variations in the treatment of nuclear electron capture during collapse. We find that approximations and uncertainties in electron capture rates can lead to variations in the GW signal that are of comparable magnitude to those due to different nuclear EOS. This emphasizes the need for reliable experimental and/or theoretical nuclear electron capture rates and for self-consistent multi-dimensional neutrino radiation-hydrodynamic simulations of rotating core collapse.

I introduction

Massive stars () burn their thermonuclear fuel all the way up to iron-group nuclei at the top of the nuclear binding energy curve. The resulting iron core is inert and supported primarily by the pressure of relativistic degenerate electrons. Once the core exceeds its effective Chandrasekhar mass (e.g., Bethe (1990)), collapse commences.

As the core is collapsing, the density quickly rises, electron degeneracy increases, and electrons are captured onto protons and nuclei, causing the electron fraction to decrease. Within a few tenths of a second after the onset of collapse, the density of the homologous inner core surpasses nuclear densities. The collapse is abruptly stopped as the nuclear equation of state (EOS) is rapidly stiffened by the strong nuclear force, causing the inner core to bounce back and send a shock wave through the supersonically infalling outer core.

The prompt shock is not strong enough to blow through the entire star; it rapidly loses energy dissociating accreting iron-group nuclei and to neutrino cooling. The shock stalls. Determining what revives the shock and sends it through the rest of the star has been the bane of core-collapse supernova (CCSN) theory for half a century. In the neutrino mechanism Bethe and Wilson (1985), a small fraction () of the outgoing neutrino luminosity from the protoneutron star (PNS) is deposited behind the stalled shock. This drives turbulence and increases thermal pressure. The combined effects of these may revive the shock Couch and Ott (2015) and the neutrino mechanism can potentially explain the vast majority of CCSNe (e.g., Bruenn et al. (2016)). In the magnetorotational mechanism LeBlanc and Wilson (1970); Bisnovatyi-Kogan (1970); Burrows et al. (2007); Takiwaki et al. (2009); Moiseenko et al. (2006); Mösta et al. (2014), rapid rotation and strong magnetic fields conspire to generate bipolar jet-like outflows that explode the star and could drive very energetic CCSN explosions. Such magnetorotational explosions could be essential to explaining a class of massive star explosions that are about ten times more energetic than regular CCSNe and that have been associated with long gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) Smith et al. (2011); Hjorth and Bloom (2012); Modjaz (2011). These hypernovae make up of all CCSNe Smith et al. (2011).

A key issue for the magnetorotational mechanism is its need for rapid core spin that results in a PNS with a spin-period of around a millisecond. Little is known observationally about core rotation in evolved massive stars, even with recent advances in asteroseismology Dupret et al. (2009). On theoretical grounds and on the basis of pulsar birth spin estimates (e.g., Heger et al. (2005); Ott et al. (2006); Fuller et al. (2015a)), most massive stars are believed to have slowly spinning cores. Yet, certain astrophysical conditions and processes, e.g., chemically homogeneous evolution at low metallicity or binary interactions, might still provide the necessary core rotation in a fraction of massive stars sufficient to explain extreme hypernovae and long GRBs Woosley and Heger (2006); Yoon et al. (2006); de Mink et al. (2013); Fryer and Heger (2005).

Irrespective of the detailed CCSN explosion mechanism, it is the repulsive nature of the nuclear force at short distances that causes core bounce in the first place and that ensures that neutron stars can be left behind in CCSNe. The nuclear force underlying the nuclear EOS is an effective quantum many body interaction and a piece of poorly understood fundamental physics. While essential for much of astrophysics involving compact objects, we have only incomplete knowledge of the nuclear EOS. Uncertainties are particularly large at densities above a few times nuclear and in the transition regime between uniform and nonuniform nuclear matter at around nuclear saturation density Lattimer (2012); Oertel et al. (2016).

The nuclear EOS can be constrained by experiment (see Lattimer (2012); Oertel et al. (2016) for recent reviews), through fundamental theoretical considerations (e.g., Hebeler et al. (2010, 2013); Kolomeitsev et al. (2016)), or via astronomical observations of neutron star masses and radii (e.g., Lattimer (2012); Nättilä et al. (2016); Özel and Freire (2016)). Gravitational wave (GW) observations Abbott et al. (2016a) with advanced-generation detectors such as Advanced LIGO Aasi et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration) (2015), KAGRA Somiya (for the KAGRA collaboration) (2012), and Advanced Virgo Acernese et al. (Virgo Collaboration) (2009) open up another observational window for constraining the nuclear EOS. In the inspiral phase of neutron star mergers (including double neutron stars and neutron star – black hole binaries), tidal forces distort the neutron star shape. These distortions depend on the nuclear EOS. They measurably affect the late inspiral GW signal (e.g., Bernuzzi et al. (2012, 2015); Flanagan and Hinderer (2008); Read et al. (2009)). At merger, tidal disruption of a neutron star by a black hole leads to a sudden cut off of the GW signal, which can be used to constrain EOS properties Vallisneri (2000); Shibata and Taniguchi (2008); Read et al. (2009). In the double neutron star case, a hypermassive metastable or permanently stable neutron star remnant may be formed. It is triaxial and extremely efficiently emits GWs with characteristics (amplitudes, frequencies, time-frequency evolution) that can be linked to the nuclear EOS (e.g, Radice et al. (2016); Bernuzzi et al. (2016); Stergioulas et al. (2011); Bauswein and Janka (2012); Bauswein et al. (2014)).

CCSNe may also provide GW signals that could constrain the nuclear EOS Dimmelmeier et al. (2008); Röver et al. (2009); Marek et al. (2009); kuroda:16b. In this paper, we address the question of how the nuclear EOS affects GWs emitted at core bounce and in the very early post-core-bounce phase () of rotating core collapse. Stellar core collapse and the subsequent CCSN evolution are extremely rich in multi-dimensional dynamics that emit GWs with a variety of characteristics (see Ott (2009); Kotake (2013) for reviews). Rotating core collapse, bounce, and early postbounce evolution are particularly appealing for studying EOS effects because they are essentially axisymmetric (2D) Ott et al. (2007a, b) and result in deterministic GW emission that depends on the nuclear EOS, neutrino radiation-hydrodynamics, and gravity alone. Complicating processes, such as prompt convection and neutrino-driven convection set in only later and are damped by rotation (e.g., Ott (2009); Dimmelmeier et al. (2008); Fryer and Heger (2000)). While rapid rotation will amplify magnetic field, amplification to dynamically relevant field strengths is expected only tens of milliseconds after bounce Burrows et al. (2007); Takiwaki and Kotake (2011); Mösta et al. (2014, 2015). Hence, magnetohydrodynamic effects are unlikely to have a significant impact on the early rotating core collapse GW signal Obergaulinger et al. (2006).

GWs from axisymmetric rotating core collapse, bounce, and the first ten or so milliseconds of the postbounce phase can, in principle, be templated to be used in matched-filtering approaches to GW detection and parameter estimation Dimmelmeier et al. (2008); Ott et al. (2012); Engels et al. (2014); Abdikamalov et al. (2014). That is, without stochastic (e.g., turbulent) processes, the GW signal is deterministic and predictable for a given progenitor, EOS, and set of electron capture rates. Furthermore, GWs from rotating core collapse are expected to be detectable by Advanced-LIGO class observatories throughout the Milky Way and out to the Magellanic Clouds Gossan et al. (2016).

Rotating core collapse is the most extensively studied GW emission process in CCSNe. Detailed GW predictions on the basis of (then 2D) numerical simulations go back to Müller (1982) Müller (1982). Early work showed a wide variety of types of signals Müller (1982); Zwerger and Müller (1997); Mönchmeyer et al. (1991); Yamada and Sato (1995); Kotake et al. (2003); Ott et al. (2004); Dimmelmeier et al. (2002). However, more recent 2D/3D general-relativistic (GR) simulations that included nuclear-physics based EOS and electron capture during collapse demonstrated that all GW signals from rapidly rotating core collapse exhibit a single core bounce followed by PNS oscillations over a wide range of rotation profiles and progenitor stars Ott et al. (2007a, b); Dimmelmeier et al. (2008, 2007); Abdikamalov et al. (2014); Ott et al. (2012). Ott et al. Ott et al. (2012) showed that given the same specific angular momentum per enclosed mass, cores of different progenitor stars proceed to give essentially the same rotating core collapse GW signal. Abdikamalov et al. Abdikamalov et al. (2014) went a step further and demonstrated that the GW signal is determined primarily by the mass and ratio of rotational kinetic energy to gravitational energy () of the inner core at bounce.

The EOS dependence of the rotating core collapse GW signal has thus far received little attention. Dimmelmeier et al. Dimmelmeier et al. (2008) carried out 2D GR hydrodynamic rotating core collapse simulations using two different EOS (LS180 Lattimer and Swesty (1991); lse () and HShen Shen et al. (1998a, b, 2011a); she ()), four different progenitors (), and 16 different rotation profiles. They found that the rotating core collapse GW signal changes little between the LS180 and the HShen EOS, but that there may be a slight () trend of the GW spectrum toward higher frequencies for the softer LS180 EOS. Abdikamalov et al. Abdikamalov et al. (2014) carried out simulations with the LS220 Lattimer and Swesty (1991); lse () and the HShen Shen et al. (1998a, b, 2011a); she () EOS. However, they compared only the effects of differential rotation between EOS and did not carry out an overall analysis of EOS effects.

In this study, we build upon and substantially extend previous work on rotating core collapse. We perform 2D GR hydrodynamic simulations using one - progenitor star model, 18 different nuclear EOS, and 98 different initial rotational setups. We carry out a total of 1824 simulations and analyze in detail the influence of the nuclear EOS on the rotating core collapse GW signal. The resulting waveform catalog is an order of magnitude larger than previous GW catalogs for rotating core collapse and is publicly available at at https://stellarcollapse.org/Richers_2017_RRCCSN_EOS.

The results of our study show that the nuclear EOS affects rotating core collapse GW emission through its effect on the mass of inner core at bounce and the central density of the postbounce PNS. We furthermore find that the GW emission is sensitive to the treatment of the transition of nonuniform to uniform nuclear matter, to the treatment of nuclei at subnuclear densities, and to the EOS parameterization at around nuclear saturation density. The interplay of all of these elements make it challenging for Advanced-LIGO-class observatories to discern between theoretical models of nuclear matter in these regimes. Since rotating core collapse does not probe densities in excess of around twice nuclear, very little exotic physics (e.g., hyperons, deconfined quarks) can be probed by its GW emission. We also test the sensitivity of our results to variations in electron capture during collapse. Since the inner core mass at bounce is highly sensitive to the details of electron capture and deleptonization during collapse, our results suggest that full GR neutrino radiation-hydrodynamic simulations with a detailed treatment of nuclear electron capture (e.g., Sullivan et al. (2016); Hix et al. (2003)) will be essential for generating truly reliable GW templates for rotating core collapse.

The remainder of this paper is organized as follows. In Section II, we introduce the 18 different nuclear EOS used in our simulations. We then present our simulation methods in Section III. In Section IV, we present the results of our 2D core collapse simulations, investigating the effects of the EOS and electron capture rates on the rotating core collapse GW signal. We conclude in Section V. In Appendix A, we provide fits to electron fraction profiles obtained from 1D GR radiation-hydrodynamic simulations and, in Appendix B, we describe results from supplemental simulations that test various approximations.

Name Model Nuclei Reference
LS180 CLD, Skyrme SNA, CLD Lattimer and Swesty (1991)
LS220 CLD, Skyrme SNA, CLD Lattimer and Swesty (1991)
LS375 CLD, Skyrme SNA, CLD Lattimer and Swesty (1991)
HShen RMF, TM1 SNA, Thomas-Fermi Approx. Shen et al. (1998a, b, 2011a)
HShenH RMF, TM1, hyperons SNA, Thomas-Fermi Approx. Shen et al. (2011a)
GShenNL3 RMF, NL3 Hartree Approx., Virial Expansion NSE Shen et al. (2011b)
GShenFSU1.7 RMF, FSUGold Hartree Approx., Virial Expansion NSE Shen et al. (2011c)
GShenFSU2.1 RMF, FSUGold, stiffened Hartree Approx., Virial Expansion NSE Shen et al. (2011c)
HSTMA RMF, TMA NSE Hempel and Schaffner-Bielich (2010); Hempel et al. (2012)
HSTM1 RMF, TM1 NSE Hempel and Schaffner-Bielich (2010); Hempel et al. (2012)
HSFSG RMF, FSUGold NSE Hempel and Schaffner-Bielich (2010); Hempel et al. (2012)
HSNL3 RMF, NL3 NSE Hempel and Schaffner-Bielich (2010); Hempel et al. (2012)
HSDD2 RMF, DD2 NSE Hempel and Schaffner-Bielich (2010); Hempel et al. (2012)
HSIUF RMF, IUF NSE Hempel and Schaffner-Bielich (2010); Hempel et al. (2012)
SFHo RMF, SFHo NSE Steiner et al. (2013a)
SFHx RMF, SFHx NSE Steiner et al. (2013a)
BHB RMF, DD2-BHB, hyperons NSE Banik et al. (2014)
BHB RMF, DD2-BHB, hyperons NSE Banik et al. (2014)
Table 1: Summary of the employed EOS. Names of EOS in best agreement with the experimental and astrophysical constraints in Figure 1 are in bold font. For each EOS, we list the underlying model and interaction/parameter set, the handling of nuclei in nonuniform nuclear matter, and give the principal reference(s). We use CLD for “compressible liquid drop”, RMF for “relativistic mean field”, and SNA for “single nucleus approximation”. We refer the reader to the individual references and to reviews (e.g., Oertel et al. (2016); Lattimer (2012)) for more details. Note that we use versions of the EOS provided in tabular form that also include contributions from electrons, positrons, and photons at https://stellarcollapse.org/equationofstate.

Ii Equations of State

There is substantial uncertainty in the behavior of matter at and above nuclear density, and as such, there are a large number of proposed nuclear EOS that describe the relationship between matter density, temperature, composition (i.e. electron fraction in nuclear statistical equilibrium [NSE]), and energy density and its derivatives. Properties of the EOS for uniform nuclear matter are often discussed in terms of a power-series expansion of the binding energy per baryon at temperature around the nuclear saturation density of symmetric matter () (e.g., Lattimer et al. (1985); Hempel et al. (2012); Oertel et al. (2016); Lattimer (2012)):

(1)

where for a nucleon number density and . The saturation density is defined as where . The saturation number density and the bulk binding energy of symmetric nuclear matter are well constrained from experiments Lattimer (2012); Oertel et al. (2016) and all EOS in this work have a reasonable value for both. is the nuclear incompressibility, and its density derivative is referred to as the skewness parameter. All nuclear effects of changing away from are contained in the symmetry term , which is also expanded around symmetric matter as

(2)

There are only even orders in the expansion due to the charge invariance of the nuclear interaction. Coulomb effects do not come into play at densities above , where protons and electrons are both uniformly distributed. The term is dominant and we do not discuss the higher-order symmetry terms here (see Lattimer et al. (1985); Lattimer (2012); Oertel et al. (2016)). is itself expanded around saturation density as

(3)

corresponds to the symmetry term in the Bethe-Weizsäcker mass formula Weizsäcker (1935); Bethe and Bacher (1936), so is what the literature refers to as “the symmetry energy“ at saturation density and is the density derivative of the symmetry term.

Figure 1: EOS Constraints from experiment and NS mass measurements. The maximum cold neutron star gravitational mass , the incompressibility , symmetry energy , and the derivative of the symmetry energy are plotted. For , the bottom of the plot is , the min line is at , and the max line is not used. The other constraints are normalized so the listed minima and maxima lie on the min and max lines. EOS that are within all of these simple constraints are colored, and the color code is consistent throughout the paper. Note that there are additional constraints on the NS mass-radius relationship, which we show in Figure 2, and joint constraints on J and L Kolomeitsev et al. (2016) that we do not show.

It is important to note that none of the above parameters can alone describe the effects an EOS will have on a core collapse simulation. This can be seen, for example, from the definition of the pressure,

(4)

which depends directly on and the first derivative of . Since the matter in core-collapse supernovae and neutron stars is very asymmetric (), large values for and can imply a very stiff EOS even if is not particularly large.

The incompressibility has been experimentally constrained to  Piekarewicz (2010), though there is some model dependence in inferring this value, making an error bar of more reasonable Steiner et al. (2013a). A combination of experiments, theory, and observations of neutron stars suggest that (e.g.,  Tsang et al. (2009)). Several experiments place varying inconsistent constraints on , but they all lie in the range of (e.g., Carbone et al. (2010)). and higher order parameters have yet to be constrained by experiment, though a study of correlations of these higher-order parameters to the low-order parameters (, , ) in theoretical EOS models provides some estimates Chen (2011). Additional constraints on the combination of and have been proposed that rule out many of these EOS (most recently, Kolomeitsev et al. (2016)). Finally, the mass of neutron star PSR J0348+0432 has been determined to be  Antoniadis et al. (2013), which is the highest well-constrained neutron star mass observed to date. Any realistic EOS model must be able to support a cold neutron star of at least this mass. Indirect measurements of neutron star radii further constrain the allowable mass-radius region Nättilä et al. (2016).

In this study, we use the 18 different EOS described in Table 1. We use tabulated versions that are available from https://stellarcollapse.org/equationofstate that also include contributions from electrons, positrons, and photons. Of the 18 EOS we use, only SFHo Steiner et al. (2013a); hem () appears to reasonably satisfy all current constraints (including the recent constraint proposed by Kolomeitsev et al. (2016)).

Historically, the EOS of Lattimer & Swesty Lattimer and Swesty (1991); lse () (hereafter LS; based on the compressible liquid drop model with a Skyrme interaction) and of H. Shen et al. Shen et al. (1998a, b, 2011a); she () (hereafter HShen; based on a relativistic mean field [RMF] model) have been the most extensively used in CCSN simulations. The LS EOS is available with incompressibilities of 180, 220, and 375 MeV. There is also a version of the EOS of H. Shen et al. (HShenH) that includes effects of hyperons, which tend to soften the EOS at high densities Shen et al. (2011a). Both the LS EOS and the HShen EOS treat nonuniform nuclear matter in the single-nucleus approximation (SNA). This means that they include neutrons, protons, alpha particles, and a single representative heavy nucleus with average mass and charge number in NSE.

Recently, the number of nuclear EOS available for CCSN simulations has increased greatly. Hempel et al. Hempel and Schaffner-Bielich (2010); Hempel et al. (2012); hem () developed an EOS that relies on an RMF model for uniform nuclear matter and nucleons in nonuniform matter and consistently transitions to NSE with thousands of nuclei (with experimentally or theoretically determined properties) at low densities. Six RMF EOS by Hempel et al. Hempel and Schaffner-Bielich (2010); Hempel et al. (2012); hem () (hereafter HS) are available with different RMF parameter sets (TMA, TM1, FSU Gold, NL3, DD2, and IUF). Based on the Hempel model, the EOS by Steiner et al. Steiner et al. (2013a); hem () require that experimental and observational constraints are satisfied. They fit the free parameters to the maximum likelihood neutron star mass-radius curve (SFHo) or minimize the radius of low-mass neutron stars while still satisfying all constraints known at the time (SFHx). SFH{o,x} differ from the other Hempel EOS only in the choice of RMF parameters.

The EOS by Banik et al. Banik et al. (2014); hem () are based on the Hempel model and the RMF DD2 parameterization, but also include hyperons with (BHB) and without (BHB) repulsive hyperon-hyperon interactions.

The EOS by G. Shen et al. Shen et al. (2011b, c); gsh () are also based on RMF theory with the NL3 and FSU Gold parameterizations. The GShenFSU2.1 EOS is stiffened at currently unconstrained super-nuclear densities to allow a maximum neutron star mass that agrees with observations. G. Shen et al. paid particular attention to the transition region between uniform and nonuniform nuclear matter where they carried out detailed Hartree calculations Shen et al. (2010a). At lower densities they employed an EOS based on a virial expansion that self-consistently treats nuclear force contributions to the thermodynamics and composition and includes nucleons and nuclei Shen et al. (2010b). It reduces to NSE at densities where the strong nuclear force has no influence on the EOS.

Figure 2: Neutron star mass-radius relations. The relationship between the gravitational mass and radius of a cold neutron star is plotted for each EOS. The EOS employed in this study cover a wide swath of parameter space. EOS that lie within the constraints depicted in Figure 1 are colored, and the color code is consistent throughout the paper. We show the mass-radius constraints from “model A” of Nättilä et al. (2016) as a shaded region between two dashed lines. These constraints were obtained from a Bayesian analysis of observations of type-I X-ray bursts in combination with theoretical constraints on nuclear matter. The EOS that agree best with these constraints are SFHo, SFHx, and LS220.

Few of these EOS obey all available experimental and observational constraints. In Figure 1 we show where each EOS lies within the uncertainties for experimental constraints on nuclear EOS parameters and the observational constraint on the maximum neutron star mass. We color the EOS that satisfy the constraints, and use the same colors consistently throughout the paper.

The mass-radius curves of zero-temperature neutron stars in neutrino-less -equilibrium predicted by each EOS are shown in Figure 2. We mark the mass range for PSR J0348+0432 with a horizontal bar. We also include the semi-empirical mass-radius constraints of “model A” of Nätillä et al. Nättilä et al. (2016). They were obtained via a Bayesian analysis of type-I X-ray burst observations. This analysis assumed a particular three-body quantum Monte Carlo EOS model near saturation density by Gandolfi et al. (2012) and a parameterization of the super-nuclear EOS with a three-piece piecewise polytrope Steiner et al. (2013b); Steiner et al. (2015). Similar constraints are available from other groups (see, e.g., Özel and Freire (2016); Özel et al. (2016); Miller and Lamb (2016); Guillot and Rutledge (2014)).

Throughout this paper, we use the SFHo EOS as a fiducial standard for comparison, since it represents the most likely fit to known experimental and observational constraints. While many of the considered EOS do not satisfy multiple constraints, we still include them in this study for two reasons: (1) a larger range of EOS will allow us to better understand and possibly isolate causes of trends in the GW signal with EOS properties and, (2), many constraint-violating EOS likely give perfectly reasonable thermodynamics for matter under collapse and PNS conditions even if they may be unrealistic at higher densities or lower temperatures.

Iii Methods

As the core of a massive star is collapsing, electron capture and the release of neutrinos drives the matter to be increasingly neutron-rich. The electron fraction of the inner core in the final stage of core collapse has an important role in setting the mass of the inner core, which, in turn, influences characteristics of the emitted GWs. Multidimensional neutrino radiation hydrodynamics to account for these neutrino losses during collapse is still too computationally expensive to allow a large parameter study of axisymmetric (2D) simulations. Instead, we follow the proposal by Liebendörfer Liebendörfer (2005) and approximate this prebounce deleptonization of the matter by parameterizing the electron fraction as a function of only density (see Appendix B.1 for tests of this approximation). Since the collapse-phase deleptonization is EOS dependent, we extract the parameterizations from detailed spherically symmetric (1D) nonrotating GR radiation-hydrodynamic simulations and apply them to rotating 2D GR hydrodynamic simulations. We motivate using the approximation also for the rotating case by the fact that electron capture and neutrino-matter interactions are local and primarily dependent on density in the collapse phase Liebendörfer (2005). Hence, geometry effects due to the rotational flattening of the collapsing core can be assumed to be relatively small. This, however, has yet to be demonstrated with full multi-dimensional radiation-hydrodynamic simulations. Furthermore, the approach has been used in many previous studies of rotating core collapse (e.g., Dimmelmeier et al. (2007, 2008); Abdikamalov et al. (2010, 2014)) and using it lets us compare with these past results. We ignore the magnetic field throughout this work, since are expected to grow to dynamical strengths on timescales longer than the first after core bounce that we investigate Burrows et al. (2007); Takiwaki and Kotake (2011); Mösta et al. (2014, 2015).

iii.1 1D Simulations of Collapse-Phase Deleptonization with Gr1d

We run spherically symmetric GR radiation hydrodynamic core collapse simulations of a nonrotating progenitor (Woosley et al. Woosley and Heger (2007), model s12WH07) in our open-source code GR1D O’Connor (2015), once for each of our 18 EOS. The fiducial radial grid consists of 1000 zones extending out to , with a uniform grid spacing of out to and logarithmic spacing beyond that. We test the resolution in Appendix B.1.

The neutrino transport is handled with a two-moment scheme with 24 logarithmically-spaced energy groups from to . This allows us to treat the effects of neutrino absorption and emission explicitly and self-consistently. The neutrino interaction rates are calculated by NuLib O’Connor (2015) and include absorption onto and emission from nucleons and nuclei including neutrino blocking factors, elastic scattering off nucleons and nuclei, and inelastic scattering off electrons. We neglect bremsstrahlung and neutrino pair creation and annihilation, since they are unimportant during collapse and shortly after core bounce (e.g., Lentz et al. (2012)). To ensure a consistent treatment of electron capture for all EOS, the rates for absorption, emission, and scattering from nuclei are calculated using the SNA. To test this approximation, in Section IV.5, we run additional simulations with experimental and theoretical nuclear electron capture rates instead included individually for each of the heavy nuclei in an NSE distribution. In Appendix B.1, we test the neutrino energy resolution and the resolution of the interaction rate table.

Figure 3: Deleptonization Profiles. For each EOS, radial profiles of the electron fraction as a function of density are taken from spherically-symmetric GR1D radiation hydrodynamics simulations using two-moment neutrino transport at the point in time when the central is smallest (roughly at core bounce) and are plotted here. We manually extend the curves out to high densities with a constant to ensure that simulations never encounter a density outside the range provided in these curves. In the 2D simulations, is determined by the density and one of these curves until core bounce.

To generate the parameterizations, we take a fluid snapshot at the time when the central is at a minimum ( prior to core bounce) and create a list of the and at each radius. We then manually enforce that decreases monotonically with increasing . The resulting profiles are shown in Figure 3.

iii.2 2D Core Collapse Simulations with CoCoNuT

Name # of Profiles
A1 300 0.5 - 15.5 31
A2 467 0.5 - 11.5 23
A3 634 0.0 - 09.5 20
A4 1268 0.5 - 06.5 13
A5 10000 0.5 - 05.5 11
Table 2: Rotation Profiles. A list of the differential rotation and maximum rotation rate parameters used in generating rotation profiles. The ranges imply a rotation profile at each interval. In total, we use 98 rotation profiles.
EOS
300 15.5 GShenNL3
467 10.0 GShenNL3
10.5 GShenNL3
11.0 GShen{NL3,FSU2.1,FSU1.7}
11.5 GShen{NL3,FSU2.1,FSU1.7}
634 8.0 GShenNL3
8.5 GShen{NL3,FSU2.1,FSU1.7}
9.0 GShen{NL3,FSU2.1,FSU1.7}
9.5 GShen{NL3,FSU2.1,FSU1.7}
LS{180,220,375}
1268 5.5 GShenNL3
6.0 GShen{NL3,FSU2.1,FSU1.7}
6.5 GShen{NL3,FSU2.1,FSU1.7}
LS{180,220,375}
10000 4.0 GShen{NL3,FSU2.1,FSU1.7}
4.5 GShen{NL3,FSU2.1,FSU1.7}
5.0 GShen{NL3,FSU2.1,FSU1.7}
LS{180,220,375}
5.5 all but HShen,HShenH
Table 3: No Collapse List. We list the simulations that do not undergo core collapse within of simulation time due to sufficiently large centrifugal support already at the onset of collapse. These simulations are excluded from further analysis.

We perform axisymmetric (2D) core collapse simulations using the CoCoNuT code Dimmelmeier et al. (2002, 2005) with conformally flat GR. We use a setup identical to that in Abdikamalov et al. Abdikamalov et al. (2014), but we review the key details here for completeness. We generate rotating initial conditions for the 2D simulations from the same progenitor by imposing a rotation profile on the precollapse star according to (e.g., Zwerger and Müller (1997))

(5)

where is a measure of the degree of differential rotation, is the maximum initial rotation rate, and is the distance from the axis of rotation. Following Abdikamalov et al. Abdikamalov et al. (2014), we generate a total of 98 rotation profiles using the parameter set listed in Table 2, chosen to span the full range of rotation rates slow enough to allow the star to collapse. All 98 rotation profiles are simulated using each of the 18 EOS for a total of 1764 2D core collapse simulations. However, the 60 simulations listed in Table 3 do not result in core collapse within of simulation time due to centrifugal support and are excluded from the analysis.

CoCoNuT solves the equations of GR hydrodynamics on a spherical-polar mesh in the Valencia formulation Font (2008), using a finite volume method with piecewise parabolic reconstruction Colella and Woodward (1984) and an approximate HLLE Riemann solver Einfeldt (1988). Our fiducial fluid mesh has 250 logarithmically spaced radial zones out to with a central resolution of , and 40 equally spaced meridional angular zones between the equator and the pole. We assume reflection symmetry at the equator. The GR CFC equations are solved spectrally using 20 radial patches, each containing 33 radial collocation points and 5 angular collocation points (see Dimmelmeier et al. Dimmelmeier et al. (2005)). We perform resolution tests in Appendix B.2.

The effects of neutrinos during the collapse phase are treated with a parameterization as described above and in Liebendörfer (2005); Dimmelmeier et al. (2008). After core bounce, we employ the neutrino leakage scheme described in Ott et al. (2012) to approximately account for neutrino heating, cooling, and deleptonization, though Ott et al. Ott et al. (2012) have shown that neutrino leakage has a very small effect on the bounce and early postbounce GW signal.

We allow the simulations to run for after core bounce, though in order to isolate the bounce and post-bounce oscillations from prompt convection, we use only about after core bounce. Gravitational waveforms are calculated using the quadrupole formula as given in Equation A4 of Dimmelmeier et al. (2002). All of the waveforms and reduced data used in this study along with the analysis scripts are available at https://stellarcollapse.org/Richers_2017_RRCCSN_EOS.

Iv Results

Figure 4: EOS Variability in Waveforms. The time-domain waveforms (left panel) and Fourier transforms scaled by (right panel) of signals from all 18 EOS for the , rotation profile (moderately rapidly rotating, at core bounce, depending on the EOS) are plotted assuming a distance of and optimal orientation, along with the Advanced LIGO Aasi et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration) (2015); Shoemaker (2010), VIRGO Acernese et al. (Virgo Collaboration) (2009), and KAGRA in the zero detuning VRSE configuration Somiya (for the KAGRA collaboration) (2012); kag () design sensitivity curves. is the time of core bounce, is the end of the bounce signal and the beginning of the post-bounce signal. We use data only until to exclude the GW signal from prompt convection from our analysis. The differences in post-bounce oscillation rates can be seen both in phase decoherence of the waveform and the peak location of the Fourier transform. The colored curves correspond to EOS that satisfy the constraints depicted in Figure 1.
Figure 5: Velocity Field. We plot the entropy, density, and velocity for the (left) and (right) simulations with at after core bounce. The color map shows entropy. Blue regions belong to the unshocked inner core. The density contours show densities of from outer to inner. The vectors represent only the poloidal velocity (i.e. the rotational velocity is ignored) and are colored for visibility. At low rotation rates (left) the flow in the inner core is largely quadrupolar. At high rotation rates (right), rotation significantly deforms the inner core and couples quadrupole oscillations to other modes.

We begin by briefly reviewing the general properties of the GW signal from rapidly rotating axisymmetric core collapse, bounce, and the early postbounce phase. The GW strain can be approximately computed as (e.g., Finn and Evans (1990); Blanchet et al. (1990))

(6)

where is the gravitational constant, is the speed of light, is the distance to the source, and is the mass quadrupole moment. In the left panel of Figure 4 we show a superposition of 18 gravitational waveforms for the , rotation profile using each of the 18 EOS and assuming a distance of and optimal source-detector orientation.

As the inner core enters the final phase of collapse, its collapse velocity greatly accelerates, reaching values of . At bounce, the inner core suddenly (within ) decelerates to near zero velocity and then rebounds into the outer core. This causes the large spike in seen around the time of core bounce . We determine as the time when the entropy along the equator exceeds , indicating the formation of the bounce shock. The rotation causes the shock to form in the equatorial direction a few tenths of a millisecond after the shock forms in the polar direction.

The bounce of the rotationally-deformed core excites postbounce “ring-down” oscillations of the PNS that are a complicated mixture of multiple modes. They last for a few cycles after bounce, are damped hydrodynamically Fuller et al. (2015b), and cause the postbounce oscillations in the GW signal that are apparent in the left panel of Figure 4. The dominant oscillation has been identified as the (i.e., quadrupole) fundamental mode (i.e., no radial nodes) Ott et al. (2012); Fuller et al. (2015b). The quadrupole oscillations can be seen in the postbounce velocity field that we plot in the left panel of Figure 5. With increasing rotation rate, changes in the mode structure and nonlinear coupling with other modes result in the complex flow geometries shown in the right panel of Figure 5. The density contours in Figure 5 also visualize how the PNS becomes more oblate and less dense with increasing rotation rate.

After the PNS has rung down, other fluid dynamics, notably prompt convection, begin to dominate the GW signal, generating a stochastic GW strain whose time domain evolution is sensitive to the perturbations from which prompt convection grows (e.g., Ott (2009); Marek et al. (2009); Kotake et al. (2009); Abdikamalov et al. (2014)). We exclude the convective part of the signal from our analysis. For our analysis, we delineate the end of the bounce signal and the start of the postbounce signal at , defined as the time of the third zero crossing of the GW strain. We also isolate the postbounce PNS oscillation signal from the convective signal by considering only the first after .

In the right panel of Figure 4, we show the Fourier transforms of each of the time-domain waveforms shown in the left panel, multiplied by for comparison with GW detector sensitivity curves. The bounce signal is visible in the broad bulge in the range of . The postbounce oscillations produce a peak in the spectrum of around , the center of which we call the peak frequency . Both the peak frequency and the amplitude of the bounce signal in general depend on both the rotation profile and the EOS.

iv.1 The Bounce Signal

Figure 6: Bounce Signal Amplitude. We plot the difference between the maximum and minimum strain before assuming and optimal source-detector orientation as a function of the ratio of rotational to gravitational energy of the inner core at bounce. Each 2D simulation is a single point and the SFHo simulations with the same differential rotation parameter are connected to guide the eye. corresponds to , respectively. Simulations with all EOS and values of behave similarly for , but branch out when rotation becomes dynamically important. We plot a dashed line representing the expected perturbative behavior with , using representative values of and . All 1704 collapsing simulations are included in this figure.

The bounce spike is the loudest component of the GW signal. In Figure 6, we plot , the difference between the highest and lowest points in the bounce signal strain, as a function of the ratio of rotational kinetic energy to gravitational potential energy of the inner core at core bounce (see the beginning Section IV for details of our definition of core bounce). We assume a distance of and optimal detector orientation. Just as in Abdikamalov et al. Abdikamalov et al. (2014), we see that at low rotation rates, the amplitude increases linearly with rotation rate, with a similar slope for all EOS. At higher rotation rates, the curves diverge from this linear relationship due to centrifugal support as the angular velocity at bounce approaches the Keplerian angular velocity. Rotation slows the collapse, softening the violent EOS-driven bounce and resulting in a smaller acceleration of the mass quadrupole moment. However, the value of at which simulations diverge from the linear relationship depends on the value of the differential rotation parameter . Stronger differential rotation affords less centrifugal support at higher rotation energies, allowing the linear behavior to survive to higher rotation rates.

The linear relationship between the bounce amplitude and of the inner core at bounce can be derived in a perturbative, order-of-magnitude sense. The GW amplitude depends on the second time derivative of the mass quadrupole moment , where is the mass of the oscillating inner core and and are the equatorial and polar equilibrium radii, respectively. If we treat the inner core as an oblate sphere, we can call the radius of the inner core in the polar direction and the larger radius of the inner core in the equatorial direction (due to centrifugal support) . To first order in , the mass quadrupole moment becomes

(7)

The difference between polar and equatorial radii in our simplified scenario can be determined by noting that the surface of a rotating sphere in equilibrium is an isopotential surface with a potential of , where is the distance to the rotation axis, is the distance to the origin, is the angular rotation rate, and is the gravitational constant. Setting the potential at the equator and poles equal to each other yields

(8)

Assuming differences between equatorial and polar radii are small, we can take only the terms to get . Solving for ,

(9)

The timescale of core bounce is the dynamical time . In this order-of-magnitude estimate we can replace time derivatives in Equation 6 with division by the dynamical time. We can also approximate . This results in

(10)

Though the mass and polar radius of the PNS depend on rotation as well, the dependence is much weaker (in the slow rotating limit) Abdikamalov et al. (2014), and contains all of the first-order rotation effects used in the derivation. Hence, in the linear regime, the bounce signal amplitude should depend approximately linearly on , which is reflected by Figure 6.

EOS
BHBL 318 -0.03 321 0.598
BHBLP 317 -0.02 322 0.599
HSDD2 316 -0.00 322 0.599
SFHo 306 -0.03 304 0.582
HSFSG 306 -0.00 325 0.602
SFHx 305 -0.09 303 0.581
HSIUF 304 -0.06 316 0.593
HSNL3 298 -0.07 324 0.600
HSTMA 295 -0.15 315 0.593
HSTM1 295 -0.18 314 0.591
HShenH 281 -0.28 311 0.604
HShen 280 -0.29 310 0.604
SFHo_ecap0.1 274 -0.22 262 0.562
GShenNL3 267 -0.32 298 0.592
GShenFSU1.7 264 -0.24 294 0.587
GShenFSU2.1 263 -0.24 293 0.587
LS180 242 -0.16 245 0.536
LS375 237 -0.15 284 0.562
LS220 237 -0.20 258 0.543
SFHo_ecap1.0 210 -0.08 207 0.506
SFHo_ecap10.0 174 -0.03 198 0.482
Table 4: Bounce Amplitude Linear Fits. We calculate a linear least squares fit for the bounce amplitudes in Figure 6 to the function . We only include data with . All fitted lines have a y-intercept of approximately and slopes in the range of . The three LS EOS have the shallowest slopes and the ten Hempel-based EOS (HS, SFH, and BHB) have the steepest. The column shows the predicted slope of using the mass and radius of the nonrotating inner core at bounce. We choose the arbitrary factor of to make the predicted and actual SFHo slopes match. We list the mass of the nonrotating inner core at bounce () for each EOS in the last column. The SFHo_ecap{0.1,1.0,10.0} rows use detailed electron capture rates in the GR1D simulations for the profile (see Section IV.5).

Differences between EOS in the bounce signal enter through the mass and radius of the inner core at bounce (cf. Equation 10). Neither nor of the inner core are particularly well defined quantities since they vary rapidly around bounce – all quantitative results we state depend on our definition of the bounce time and Equation 10 is expected to be accurate only to an order of magnitude. With that in mind, in order to test how well Equation 10 matches our numerical results, we generate fits to functionals of the form . is simply the y-intercept of the line, which should be approximately 0 based on Equation 10. is the slope of the line, which we expect to be based on Equation 10, using the mass and radius of the nonrotating PNS at bounce. We include the arbitrary factor of 8 to make the order-of-magnitude predicted slopes similar to the fitted slopes. In Table 4 we show the results of the linear least-squares fits to results of slowly rotating collapse below for each EOS. Though is of the same order of magnitude as , significant differences exist. This is not unexpected, considering that our model does not account for nonuniform density distribution and the increase of the inner core mass with rotation, which can significantly affect the quadrupole moment.

At a given inner core mass, the structure (i.e. radius) of the inner core is determined by the EOS. Furthermore, the mass of the inner core is highly sensitive to the electron fraction in the final stages of collapse. In the simplest approximation, it scales with  Yahil (1983), which is due to the electron EOS that dominates until densities near nuclear density are reached. The inner-core in the final phase of collapse is set by the deleptonization history, which varies between EOS (Figure 3). In addition, contributions of the nonuniform nuclear matter EOS play an additional -independent role in setting . For example, we see from Figure 3 that the LS220 EOS yields a bounce of 0.278, while the GShenFSU2.1 EOS results in 0.267. Naively, relying just on the dependence of , we would expect LS220 to yield a larger inner core mass. Yet, the opposite is the case: our simulations show that the nonrotating inner core mass at bounce for the GShenFSU2.1 EOS is while that for the LS220 EOS is .

Model
[] [] []
A32.5-LS220 3.976 0.020 0.589 04.7
A32.5-SFHo 4.262 0.020 0.624 06.1
A32.5-SFHx 4.252 0.020 0.610 06.1
A32.5-GShenFSU2.1 3.612 0.020 0.634 05.2
A32.5-HSDD2 3.582 0.019 0.629 05.9
A32.5-BHB 3.583 0.019 0.629 06.0
A35.0-LS220 3.581 0.071 0.673 15.3
A35.0-SFHo 3.868 0.074 0.708 20.8
A35.0-SFHx 3.857 0.074 0.705 21.0
A35.0-GShenFSU2.1 3.376 0.072 0.729 17.1
A35.0-HSDD2 3.314 0.071 0.712 21.3
A35.0-BHB 3.321 0.071 0.709 21.3
A37.5-LS220 2.940 0.141 0.784 15.5
A37.5-SFHo 3.183 0.146 0.829 16.1
A37.5-SFHx 3.237 0.147 0.831 16.0
A37.5-GShenFSU2.1 2.878 0.143 0.838 17.3
A37.5-HSDD2 2.763 0.142 0.835 17.1
A37.5-BHB 2.763 0.142 0.835 17.1
Table 5: Example Quantitative Results for the Bounce Signal. We present results for the bounce signals of models with differential rotation parameter , a representative set of initial rotation rates (, , and ), and the six EOS in best agreement with current constraints (cf. Section II). The models are grouped by rotation rate. is the central density at bounce (time averaged from to ), is the ratio of rotational kinetic energy to gravitational energy of the inner core at bounce, and is its gravitational mass at bounce. is the difference between the highest and lowest points in the bounce spike at a distance of . Note that , , and all vary rapidly around core bounce and their exact values are rather sensitive to the definition of the time of bounce. The quantities summarized here for this set of models are available for all models at https://stellarcollapse.org/Richers_2017_RRCCSN_EOS.

We further investigate the EOS-dependence of the bounce GW signal by considering a representative quantitative example of models with precollapse differential rotation parameter , computed with the six EOS identified in Section II as most compliant with constraints. In Table 5, we summarize the results for these models for three precollapse rotation rates, , probing different regions in Figure 6.

At , all models reach of , hence are in the linear regime where Equation 10 holds. The LS220 EOS model has the smallest inner core mass and results in the smallest bounce GW amplitude of all EOS (cf. also Figure 6). The SFHx and the GShenFSU2.1 EOS models have roughly the same inner core masses (), but the SFHx EOS is considerably softer, resulting in higher bounce density and correspondingly smaller radius, and thus larger , (at ) vs.  for the GShenFSU2.1 EOS. We also note that the HSDD2 and the BHB EOS models give nearly identical results. They employ the same low-density EOS and the same RMF DD2 parameterization and their only difference is that includes softening hyperon contributions that appear above nuclear density. However, at the densities reached in our core collapse simulations with these EOS (), the hyperon fraction barely exceeds 1% Banik et al. (2014) and thus has a negligible effect on dynamics and GW signal.

The models at listed in Table 5 reach and begin to deviate from the linear relationship of Equation 10. However, their bounce amplitudes still follow the same trends with EOS (and resulting inner core mass and bounce density) as their more slowly spinning counterparts.

Finally, the rapidly spinning models with listed in Table 5 result in and are far outside the linear regime. Centrifugal effects play an important role in their bounce dynamics, substantially decreasing their bounce densities and increasing their inner core masses. Increasing rotation, however, tends to decrease the EOS-dependent relative differences in . At , the standard deviation of is 12.5% of the mean value, while at , it is only 3%. This is also visualized by Figure 6 in which the rapidly rotating models cluster rather tightly around the A3 branch (third from the bottom). In general, for any value of , the EOS-dependent spread on a given differential rotation branch is smaller than the spread between branches.

Conclusions: In the Slow Rotation regime () the bounce GW amplitude varies linearly with (Equation 10), in agreement with previous works. Small differences in this linear slope are due primarily to differences in the inner core mass at bounce induced by different EOS. In the Rapid Rotation regime () the core is centrifugally supported at bounce and the bounce GW signal depends much more strongly on the amount of precollapse differential rotation than on the EOS. In the Extreme Rotation regime () the core undergoes a centrifugally-supported bounce and the GW bounce signal weakens.

iv.2 The Postbounce Signal from PNS Oscillations

Figure 7: Peak Frequency Determination. The full GW spectrum for the , SFHo simulation is plotted in black. To prevent convection contributions from entering into the analysis, we cut the GW signal at after the end of core bounce (, blue line). The green line is the spectrum for the time series through the end of core bounce. To remove the bounce signal from the spectrum, we subtract the green line from the blue line to get the red line. The maximum of the red line within the depicted window of determines the peak frequency .

The observable of greatest interest in the postbounce GW signal is the oscillation frequency of the PNS, which may encode EOS information. To isolate the PNS oscillation signal from the earlier bounce and the later convective contributions, we separately Fourier transform the GW signal calculated from GWs up to (the end of the bounce signal, defined as the third zero-crossing after core bounce as in Figure 4) and from GWs up to (empirically chosen to produce reliable PNS oscillation frequencies). We begin with a simulation with intermediate rotation and subtract the former bounce spectrum from the latter full spectrum and we take the largest spectral feature in the window of to to be the f-mode peak frequency  Ott et al. (2012); Fuller et al. (2015b). The spectral windows for simulations with the same value of and adjacent values of are centered at this frequency and have a width of . This process is repeated outward from the intermediate simulation and allows us to more accurately isolate the correct oscillation frequency in slowly and rapidly rotating regimes where picking out the correct spectral feature is difficult. This procedure is visualized in Figure 7. Note that there are only around five to ten postbounce oscillation cycles before the oscillations damp, so the peak has a finite width of about . However, our analysis in this section shows that the peak frequency is known far better than that.

Figure 8: Peak Frequencies. Top: The peak frequencies of GWs emitted by postbounce PNS oscillations in all 1704 collapsing simulations are plotted as a function of the ratio of rotational to gravitational energy of the inner core at bounce. Red lines connect SFHo simulations with the same differential rotation parameter. There is a large spread in the peak frequencies due to both the EOS and due to differential rotation. Bottom: We can remove most of the effects of the different EOS by normalizing the peak frequency by the dynamical frequency and multiply by to make it an angular frequency. However, significant differences due to differing amounts of differential rotation remain for rapidly spinning models. The transition from slow to rapid rotation regimes occurs at and it becomes difficult for our analysis scripts to find the f-mode peak at . Each panel contains 1704 data points, and there are 1487 good points with .

In the top panel of Figure 8, we plot the GW peak frequency as a function of (of the inner core at bounce) for each of our 1704 collapsing cores. We identify three regimes of rotation and systematics in this figure:

(Slow Rotation Regime) In slowly rotating cores, , shows little variation with increasing rotation rate or degree of differential rotation. Note that our analysis is unreliable in the very slow rotation limit (). There, the PNS oscillations are only weakly excited and the corresponding GW signal is very weak. This is a consequence of the fact that our nonlinear hydrodynamics approach is noisy and not made for the perturbative regime.

(Rapid Rotation Regime) In the rapidly rotating regime, , increases with increasing rotation rate and initially more differentially rotating cores have systematically higher .

(Extreme Rotation Regime) At , bounce and the postbounce dynamics become centrifugally dominated, leading to very complex PNS oscillations involving multiple nonlinear modes with comparable amplitudes. This makes it difficult to unambiguously define in this regime and our analysis becomes unreliable. Excluding all models with leaves us with 1487 simulations with a reliable determination of .

Figure 8 shows that the different EOS lead to a variation in . The peak frequency is expected to scale with the PNS dynamical frequency (e.g., Fuller et al. (2015b)). That is,

(11)

where is the gravitational constant and is the central density. In the bottom panel of Figure 8, we normalize the observed peak frequency by the dynamical frequency, using the central density averaged over after the end of the bounce signal (the same time interval from which we extract ). The scatter between different EOS is drastically reduced, and thus the effect of the EOS on the peak frequency is essentially parameterized by the PNS central density, which is a reflection of the compactness of the PNS core.

EOS
SFHo_ecap0.1 871 07.9 795 3.74 0.656
SFHo_ecap1.0 846 09.4 778 3.58 0.573
SFHo_ecap10.0 790 10.5 760 3.42 0.532
SFHo 772 05.6 784 3.64 0.650
SFHx 769 07.3 785 3.64 0.648
LS180 727 07.4 767 3.48 0.611
HSIUF 725 08.6 747 3.30 0.656
LS220 724 06.2 756 3.38 0.616
GShenFSU2.1 723 10.9 734 3.19 0.664
GShenFSU1.7 722 10.6 735 3.20 0.665
LS375 709 08.0 729 3.15 0.626
HSTMA 704 05.6 702 2.91 0.661
HSFSG 702 07.6 731 3.16 0.662
HSDD2 701 08.2 723 3.09 0.660
BHB 700 08.3 723 3.09 0.660
BHB 700 08.4 722 3.09 0.659
GShenNL3 699 11.9 691 2.83 0.671
HSTM1 675 05.1 688 2.80 0.659
HShenH 670 06.8 694 2.85 0.678
HShen 670 06.4 694 2.85 0.678
HSNL3 669 03.8 681 2.75 0.660
Table 6: GW Peak Frequencies of PNS Oscillations in the Slow Rotation Regime. is the peak frequency for each EOS averaged over all simulations with . is its standard deviation and provides a handle on how much varies in the Slow Rotation regime. We also provide the average dynamical frequency , the averaged central density , and the averaged gravitational mass of the inner core at bounce , all averaged over simulations with . The SFHo_ecap{0.1,1.0,10.0} rows use detailed electron capture rates in the GR1D simulations for the profile (see Section IV.5). Note that despite some outliers there is an overall EOS-dependent trend that softer EOS (producing higher ) have higher . Also note that is for all EOS quite close to the dynamical frequency of the PNS, .

In the Slow Rotation regime, the parameterization of with works particularly well, because centrifugal effects are mild and there is no dependence on the precollapse degree of differential rotation. In Table 6, we list and averaged over simulations with and broken down by EOS. We also provide the standard deviation for , average dynamical frequency, average time-averaged central density, and the average inner core mass at bounce for each EOS. These quantitative results further corroborate that and are closely linked. As expected from our analysis of the bounce signal in Section IV.1, hyperons have no effect: HShen and HShenH yield the same and and so do HSDD2, BHB, and BHB.

The results summarized by Table 6 also suggest that the subnuclear, nonuniform nuclear matter part of the EOS may play an important role in determining and PNS structure. This can be seen by comparing the results for EOS with the same high-density uniform matter EOS but different treatment of nonuniform nuclear matter. For example, GShenNL3 and HSNL3 both employ the RMF NL3 model for uniform matter, but differ in their descriptions of nonuniform matter (cf. Section II). They yield that differ by . Similarly, GShenFSU1.7 (and GShenFSU2.1) produce higher peak frequencies than HSFSG. Interestingly, the difference between HShen and HSTM1 (both using RMF TM1) in is much smaller even though they have substantially different averaged and .

Figure 9: Universal Relation: All differential rotation parameters and EOS result in simulations that obey the same relationship between the normalized peak frequency and the normalized maximum rotation rate . The kink in the plot where corresponds to . The dashed line is described by . This figure includes all 1487 simulations with .

Figure 8 shows that is roughly constant in the Slow Rotation regime, but increases with faster rotation in the Rapid Rotation regime. Centrifugal support, leads to a monotonic decrease of the PNS density with increasing rotation (cf. Figure 5). Thus, naively and based on Equation (11), we would expect a decrease with increasing rotation rate. We observe the opposite and this warrants further investigation.

Figure 8 also shows that in the Rapid Rotation regime the precollapse degree of differential rotation determines how quickly the peak frequency increases with , suggesting that may not be the best measure of rotation for the purposes of understanding the behavior of . Instead, in Figure 9, we plot the normalized peak frequency as a function of a different measure of rotation, (normalized by ), the highest equatorial angular rotation rate achieved at any time outside of a radius of . We impose this limit to prevent errors from dividing by small radii in . This is a convenient way to measure the rotation rate of the configuration without needing to refer to a specific location or time. This produces an interesting result (Figure 9): all our simulations for which we are able to reliably calculate the peak frequency follow the same relationship in which the normalized peak frequency is essentially independent of rotation at lower rotation rates (Slow Rotation), followed by a linear increase with rotation rate at higher rotation rates (Rapid Rotation). Note that the transition between these regimes and the two parts of Figure 9 occurs just when .

Figure 10: Demystifying the Universal Relation. To better understand the relation in Figure 9, we plot the peak frequency and the maximum rotation rate separately, each as a function of the dynamical frequency. The dramatic kink in Figure 9 is due to a sharp change in the behavior of once . An approximate nuclear saturation density of is plotted as well for reference. The top panel contains the 1487 simulations with , while the bottom panel contains all 1704 collapsing simulations to show the decrease in at extreme rotation rates.
Figure 11: Rotation Changes Oscillation Mode Character. In the top panel, we plot the GW signals for 20 cores collapsed with and the SFHo EOS, color-coded according to their initial central rotation rate. The center and bottom panel show the radial velocity at from the origin along the equatorial and polar axis, respectively. We indicate core bounce with a vertical dashed line. In the Rapid Rotation regime (starting at around the transition from red to green color), postbounce GW frequency and velocity oscillation frequency increase visibly. In the same regime, the oscillation mode structure changes. The polar velocities continue to increase, while the oscillations are damped along the equator.

We can gain more insight into the relationship of and by considering Figure 10, in which we plot both (top panel) and (bottom panel) against the dynamical frequency . Since rotation decreases , rotation rate increases from right to left in the figure.

First, consider in the top panel of Figure 10. At high (Slow Rotation regime), all cluster with EOS below the line with small differences between rotation rates, just as we saw in Figures 8 and 9. However, as the rotation rate increases (and decreases), rapidly increases and exhibits the spreading with differential rotation already observed in Figure 8. Notably, this occurs in the region where the peak PNS oscillation frequency exceeds its dynamical frequency, .

Now turn to the relationship plotted in the bottom panel of Figure 10. At the lowest rotation rates, this plot simply captures how varies between EOS. For slowly rotating cores, is substantially smaller than the dynamical frequency , and points cluster in a line for each EOS. As surpasses , this smoothly transitions to the Rapid Rotation regime, in which is significantly driven down with increasing rotation rate. At the highest rotation rates (Extreme Rotation regime), exceeds by a few times and centrifugal effects dominate in the final phase of core collapse, preventing further collapse and spin-up. Faster initial rotation (lower ) results in lower in this regime, consistent with previous work Abdikamalov et al. (2014).

The bottom panel of Figure 10 also allows us to understand the effect of precollapse differential rotation. Stronger differential rotation naturally reduces centrifugal support. Thus it allows a collapsing core to reach higher before centrifugal forces prevent further spin-up. This causes the spreading branches for the different A values in our models.

Armed with the above observations on differential rotation and the and relationships, we now return to Figure 9. It depicts a sharp transition in the behavior of at . A sharp transition is present in the relationship, but not in the relationship shown in Figure 10. The variable connected to PNS structure, , instead varies smoothly and slowly with rotation through the line. This is a strong indication that the sharp upturn of at in Figure 9 is due to a change in the dominant PNS oscillation mode rather than due to an abrupt change in PNS structure. The observation that centrifugal effects do not become dominant until is several times corroborates this interpretation.

In Figure 11, we plot the GW signals along with the equatorial and polar radial velocities from the origin for all 20 simulations using the SFHo EOS with a differential rotation parameter . The postbounce GW frequency clearly follows the frequency of the fluid oscillations. Both frequencies begin to significantly increase at around (corresponding to , red-colored graphs). The polar and equatorial velocity oscillation amplitudes initially increase with rotation rate (colors going from blue to red), but when rotation becomes rapid (colors going from red to green) the equatorial velocities decrease and polar velocities continue to grow. This demonstrates that the multi-dimensional PNS mode structure is altered at rapid rotation and no longer follows a simple description. This is also apparent from comparing the left and right panels of Figure 5.

While the above results show that the increase in is most likely a consequence of changes in the mode structure with rotation, it is not obvious what detailed process is driving the changes. While future work will be needed to answer this conclusively, we can use the work of Dimmelmeier et al. Dimmelmeier et al. (2006) as the basis of educated speculation. They study oscillations of rotating equilibrium polytropes and show that the f-mode frequency has a weak dependence on both rotation rate and differential rotation. This is consistent with our findings for models in the Slow Rotation regime (). They also identify several inertial modes whose restoring force is the Coriolis force (e.g., Stergioulas (2003)). The inertial mode frequency increases rapidly with rotation and is sensitive to differential rotation, which is what we see for our PNS oscillations in the Rapid Rotation regime (). Our PNS cores are also significantly less dense than the equilibrium models of Dimmelmeier et al. (2006), which allows the modes in our simulations to have lower oscillation frequencies that intersect with the frequencies of the inertial modes in Dimmelmeier et al. (2006). It could thus be that in our PNS cores inertial and f-mode eigenfunctions overlap and couple nonlinearly, leading to an excitation of predominantly inertial oscillations as rotation becomes more rapid. The increase of the inertial mode frequency with rotation would explain the trends we see in in Figure 8.

Coriolis forces should become dynamically important for oscillations when the oscillation frequency is locally smaller than the Coriolis frequency, given by (e.g., Saio (2013)), where is the latitude from the equator and, for simplicity, is a uniform rotation rate. Thus, we expect Coriolis effects to become locally relevant when . The kink in Figure 9 is at , and hence the behavior of the PNS oscillations changes precisely when we expect Coriolis effects to begin to matter. This is supports the notion that the PNS oscillations may be transitioning to inertial nature at high rotation rates.

Conclusions: The effects of the EOS on the postbounce GW frequency can be parameterized almost entirely in terms of the dynamical frequency of the core after bounce. In the Slow Rotation regime (), the postbounce frequency depends little on rotation rate. In the Rapid Rotation regime (), inertial effects modify the nature of the oscillations, causing the frequency to increase with rotation rate. We find that the maximum rotation rate outside of is the most useful parameterization of rotation for the purpose of understanding the oscillation frequencies. In the Extreme Rotation regime (), the postbounce GW frequency decreases with rotation because centrifugal support keeps the core very extended.

iv.3 GW Correlations with Parameters and EOS

We are interested in how characteristics of the GWs vary with rotation, properties of the EOS, and the resulting conditions during core collapse and after bounce. Rather than plot every variable against each other variable, we employ a simple linear correlation analysis. We calculate a linear correlation coefficient between two quantities and that quantifies the strength of the linear relationship between two variables:

(12)

The summation is over all simulations included in the analysis. The sample standard deviation of a quantity is

(13)

where is the average value of over all simulations. The correlation coefficient is always bound between (strong negative correlation) and (strong positive correlation). This only accounts for linear correlations, so even if two variables are tightly coupled, nonlinear relationships will reduce the magnitude of the correlation coefficient and a more involved analysis would be necessary for characterizing nonlinear relationships (see, e.g., Engels et al. (2014)).

Figure 12: Correlation Coefficients. We calculate linear correlation coefficients between several parameters and observables in our collapsing simulations. The cell color represents the number within the cell, with positive correlations being red and negative correlations blue. Bottom Left: Correlation coefficients for 874 simulations with (i.e. slowly rotating). Top Right: Correlation coefficients for 613 simulations with (i.e. rapidly rotating) and . is the mass of the inner core, defined by the region in sonic contact with the center, at core bounce. is the angular momentum of the inner core at bounce. is the inner core’s ratio of rotational kinetic to gravitational potential energy at core bounce. is the maximum rotation rate obtained at any time in the simulation outside of and . is the peak frequency of GWs from postbounce PNS oscillations, and . is the precollapse maximum rotation rate and is the precollapse differential rotation parameter. is the central electron fraction at core bounce. The incompressibility , symmetry energy , density derivative of the symmetry energy , radius of a star , and are properties of the EOS described in Section II.

We display the correlation coefficients of several relevant quantities in Figure 12. , , , , and are all innate properties of a given EOS (Section II). and are the input parameters that determine the rotation profile as defined in Equation 5. The rest of the quantities are outputs from the simulations. Quantities defined at the time of core bounce are the inner core mass , the central electron fraction , the inner core angular momentum , and the ratio of the inner core rotational energy to gravitational energy . Rotation is also parameterized by the maximum rotation rate and by (see Section IV.2 for definitions). GW characteristics are quantified in the amplitude of the bounce signal , the peak frequency of the postbounce signal , and its variant normalized by the dynamical frequency . The bottom left half of the plot shows the values of the correlation coefficients for 874 simulations in the Slow Rotation regime (, ) and the top right half shows correlations for 613 simulations in the Rapid Rotation regime (, ).

There is a region in the bottom right corner of Figure 12 that shows the correlations between EOS parameters , , , , and . Since we chose to use existing EOS rather than create a uniform parameter space, there are correlations between the input values of , , and that impose some selection bias on the other correlations. In our set of 18 EOS, there is a strong correlation between and both and . The maximum neutron star mass correlates most strongly with and . These findings are not new and just reflect current knowledge of how the nuclear EOS affects neutron star structure (e.g., Lattimer and Prakash (2001); Lattimer (2012); Oertel et al. (2016)). The small amount of asymmetry in this corner is the effect of selection bias, as some EOS contribute more data points to one or the other rotation regime.

Next, we note that the central at bounce () exhibits correlations with EOS characteristics , , and . This encodes the EOS dependence in the high-density part of the trajectories shown in Figure 3. The mass of a nonrotating inner core at bounce is sensitive to (though we note that it is also sensitive to at lower densities and to EOS properties). Our linear analysis in Figure 12 picks this up as a clear correlation between and . This correlation is stronger in the slow to moderately rapidly rotating models (bottom left half of the figure) and weaker in the rapidly rotating models (top right half of the figure) since in these models rotation strongly increases . This can also be seen in the strong correlations of with all of the rotation variables.

As discussed in Section IV.1 and pointed out in previous work (e.g., Abdikamalov et al. (2014)), the GW signal from bounce, quantified by , is very sensitive to mass and of inner core at bounce. Our correlation analysis confirms this and shows that the is also correlated equally strongly with and as with . As expected from Figure 6, correlation with the differential rotation parameter is weak in the slow to moderately rapid rotation regime, but there is a substantial anti-correlation with the value of in the rapidly rotating regime (the smaller , the more differentially spinning a core is at the onset of collapse).

Figure 12 also shows that the most interesting correlations of any observable from an EOS perspective are exhibited by the peak postbounce GW frequency . In the slow to moderately rapidly rotating regime (), has its strongest correlations with EOS characteristics , , , through their influence on the PNS central density and is essentially independent of the rotation rate (cf. Figures 8 and 9). For rapidly rotating models () there is instead a clear correlation of with all rotation quantities. Note that the correlations with EOS quantities are all but removed for the normalized peak frequency . This supports our claim in Section IV.2 that the influence of the EOS on the peak frequency is parameterized essentially by the postbounce dynamical frequency .

Conclusions: Linear correlation coefficients show the interdependence of rotation parameters, EOS parameters, and simulation results. We use these to support our claims that the EOS dependence is parameterized by the dynamical frequency and that rotation is dynamically important for oscillations in the Rapid Rotation regime.

iv.4 Prospects of Detection and Constraining the EOS

The signal to noise ratio (SNR) is a measure of the strength of a signal observed by a detector with a given level of noise. We calculate SNRs using the Advanced LIGO noise curve at design sensitivity in the high-power zero-detuning configuration Aasi et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration) (2015); Shoemaker (2010). We assume optimistic conditions where the rotation axis is perpendicular to the line of sight and the LIGO interferometer arms are optimally oriented and from the core collapse event. Following Flanagan and Hughes (1998); Abdikamalov et al. (2014), we define the matched-filtering SNR of an observed GW signal as

(14)

where is observed data and is a template waveform. When we calculate an SNR for our simulated signals, we take to mimic the GWs from the source matching a template exactly, and this simplifies to . The inner product integrals are calculated using

(15)

where is the one-sided noise spectral density. We follow the LIGO convention Anderson et al. (2004) for Fourier transforms, namely

(16)

Furthermore, we estimate the difference between two waveforms as seen by Advanced LIGO with the mismatch described and implemented in Reisswig & Pollney Reisswig and Pollney (2011):

(17)

where the latter term is the match between the two waveforms and is maximized over the relative arrival times of the two waveforms . Note that due to the axisymmetric nature of our simulations, our waveforms only have the polarization, making a maximization over complex phase unnecessary.

The simulated waveforms span a finite time and is sampled at nonuniform intervals. To mimic real LIGO data, we resample the GW time series data at the LIGO sampling frequency of before performing the discrete Fourier transform.

Figure 13: Signal to Noise Ratios. The SNR for all 1704 collapsing simulations that result in collapse and core bounce, assuming the rotation axis is perpendicular to the line of sight, the aLIGO interferometer is optimally oriented and at design sensitivity in the high power zero detuning configuration, and the source is away. A SNR of is considered detectable. The colors correspond to the EOS in Figure 1. A line is drawn through all the SFHo simulations to guide the eye. Each of the five branches corresponds to a different value of the differential rotation parameter , where is the longest branch and is the shortest.

In Figure 13, we show the SNR for our 1704 collapsing cores assuming a distance of to Earth. Faster rotation (higher of the inner core at bounce) leads to stronger quadrupolar deformations, in turn causing stronger signals that are more easily observed, but only up to a point. If rotation is too fast, centrifugal support keeps the core more extended with lower average densities, resulting in a less violent quadrupole oscillation and weaker GWs. This happens at lower rotation rates for the rotation profiles that are more uniformly rotating (e.g., the series), since the large amount of angular momentum and rotational kinetic energy created by even a small rotation rate can be enough to provide significant centrifugal support. The more strongly differentially rotating cases (e.g., the series) require much faster rotation before centrifugal support becomes important at bounce. This also means that they can reach greater inner core deformations and generate stronger GWs.

All of the EOS result in similar SNRs for a given rotation profile. We observe a larger spread with EOS in estimated SNR for the rapid, strongly differentially rotating cases. The bounce part is the strongest part of the GW signal and dominates the SNR. Hence, the EOS-dependent differences in the bounce signal pointed out in Section IV.1 are most relevant for understanding the EOS systematics seen in Figure 13. For example, the LS220 EOS yields the smallest inner core masses at bounce and correspondingly the smallest . This translates to the systematically lower SNRs for this EOS.

Figure 14: GW Differences due to the EOS. The GW mismatch (see Equation 17) integrated between SFHo and each of the other EOS for the same rotation parameters (,) for all 1704 collapsing simulations. Note that at bounce will be slightly different between simulations with the same initial rotation parameters due to EOS effects. Only data through after the end of the bounce signal are used to avoid contributions from prompt convection. Differences between EOS decrease with faster rotation as the bounce signal becomes stronger and rotational effects become more important. The HShen and HShenH EOS (not identified by color and shown in gray) have the consistently largest mismatches with SFHo in the Slow and Rapid Rotation regimes. Mismatch calculations at are unreliable due to a very weak GW signal. In the extreme rotation regime, some EOS develop larger mismatches with SFHo. This occurs because simulations with these EOS transition to a centrifugal bounce at subnuclear density at lower rotation rates than SFHo. The resulting qualitative and quantitative change in the waveforms leads to larger mismatches.

We can get a rough estimate for how different the waveforms are with the simple scalar mismatch (Equation 17), which we calculate with respect to the simulations using the SFHo EOS and the same value of and . Simulations using different EOS but the same initial rotation profile will result in slightly different values of at bounce, so this measures the difference between waveforms from the same initial conditions rather than from the same bounce conditions. In the context of a matched-filter search, the mismatch roughly represents the amount of SNR lost due to differences between the template and the signal. However, note that searches for core collapse signals in GW detector data have thus far relied on waveform-agnostic methods that search for excess power above the background noise (e.g., Abbott et al. (2016b)).

Figure 14 shows the results of the mismatch calculations. The large mismatches at are simply due to the small amplitudes of the GWs causing large relative errors. The mismatch results for such slowly spinning models have no predictive power and we do not analyze them further. At higher rotation rates, the dynamics are increasingly determined by rotation and decreasingly determined by the details of the EOS, and the mismatch generally decreases with increasing rotation rate.

An exception to this rule occurs in the Extreme Rotation regime () where waveforms show increasing mismatches with SFHo simulation results (most notably, LS220 and LS180). In this regime, the bounce dynamics changes due to centrifugal support and bounce occurs below nuclear saturation density for some EOS. Moreover, when centrifugal effects become dominant, bounce is also slowed down, widening the GW signal from bounce and reducing its amplitude. The initial rotation rate around which this occurs differs between EOS and the resulting qualitative and quantitative changes in the waveforms drive the increasing mismatches.

In Figure 14, the HShen EOS (included in the gray crosses) consistently shows the highest mismatch with SFHo. These two EOS use different low-density and high-density treatments (see Table 1 and Section II). It is insightful to compare mismatches between EOS using the same (or similar) physics in either their high-density or low-density treatments of nuclear matter in order to isolate the origin of large mismatch values. In the following, we again use the example of the rotation profile and compute mismatches between pairs of EOS. HShen and HSTM1 both use the RMF TM1 parameterization for high-density uniform matter, but deal with nonuniform lower-density matter in different ways (see Section II). Their mismatch is . GShenNL3 and HSNL3 use the RMF NL3 parameterization for uniform matter and also differ in their nonuniform matter treatment. They have a mismatch of . This is comparable to the HShen-SFHo mismatch of . We find a mismatch of for the GShenFSU2.1–HSFSG pair. Both use the RMF FSUGold parameterization for uniform nuclear matter and again differ in the nonuniform parts.

The above results suggest that the treatment of low-density nonuniform nuclear matter is at least in some cases an important differentiator between EOS in the GW signal of rotating core collapse. While perhaps somewhat unexpected, this finding may, in fact, not be too surprising: Previous work (e.g., Dimmelmeier et al. (2008); Abdikamalov et al. (2014)) already showed that the GW signal of rotating core collapse is sensitive to the inner core mass at bounce (and, of course, its , angular momentum, or its maximum angular velocity; cf. Section IV.3). The inner core mass at bounce is sensitive to the low-density EOS through the pressure and speed of sound in the inner core material in the final phase of collapse and through chemical potentials and composition, which determine electron capture rates and thus the in the final phase of collapse and at bounce.

We can also compare EOS with the same treatment of nonuniform lower-density matter, but different high-density treatments. We again pick the () model sequence as an example for quantitative differences. GShenFSU2.1 and GShenFSU1.7 () differ only at super-nuclear densities, where GShenFSU2.1 is extra stiff in order to support a neutron star. HShenH adds hyperons to HShen (), BHB adds hyperons to HSDD2 (), and BHB includes an extra hyperonic interaction over BHB (). All of the Hempel-based EOS (HS, SFH, BHB) use identical treatments of low-density nonuniform matter, but parameterize the EOS of uniform nuclear matter differently. For our example rotation profile, the mismatch with SFHo varies from 0.12% (for SFHx) to 7.6% (for GShenNL3). The results are comparable with the mismatch induced by differences in the low-density regime.

Conclusions: We expect a maximum SNR of around from a source at a distance of , though this depends both on the amount of differential rotation and the EOS. Using use a simple scalar mismatch to calculate the differences between waveforms generated using different EOS, we find that both the treatment of nonuniform and uniform nuclear matter significantly affect the waveforms, though differences at densities more than about twice nuclear are of little importance.

iv.5 Effects of Variations in Electron Capture Rates

Electron capture in the collapse phase is a crucial ingredient in CCSN simulations and influences the inner core mass at bounce () by setting the electron fraction in the final phase of collapse (e.g., Hix et al. (2003); Burrows and Lattimer (1983)). As pointed out in the literature (e.g., Mönchmeyer et al. (1991); Dimmelmeier et al. (2008); Ott et al. (2012); Abdikamalov et al. (2014)), and in this study (cf. Section IV.1), at bounce and after bounce has a decisive influence on the rotating core collapse GW signal.

In order to study how variations in electron capture rates affect our GW predictions, we carry out three additional sets of simulations using the SFHo EOS, , and all 20 corresponding values of listed in Table 2.

Figure 15: Profiles From Variations in Electron Capture Treatment. We plot our fiducial profile for the SFHo EOS along with profiles obtained with the approach of Sullivan et al. Sullivan et al. (2016) for the SFHo EOS using detailed tabulated nuclear electron capture rates (SFHo_ecap1.0) and also rates multiplied by 0.1 (SFHo_ecap0.1) and 10 (SFHo_ecap10.0) as a proxy for systematic uncertainties in the actual rates. Note that these profiles differ substantially from our fiducial profile, leading to different inner core masses and GW signals.

In one set of simulations, SFHo_ecap1.0, we employ a parameterization obtained from GR1D simulations using the approach of Sullivan et al. Sullivan et al. (2016) that incorporates detailed tabulated electron capture rates for individual nuclei. This is an improvement over the prescriptions of Bruenn (1985); Langanke et al. (2003) that operates on an average nucleus. Sullivan et al. Sullivan et al. (2016) found that randomly varying rates for individual nuclei has little effect, but systematically scaling rates by all nuclei with a global constant can have a large effect on the resulting deleptonization during collapse. In order to capture a factor in uncertainty, the other two additional sets of simulations use parameterizations, obtained by scaling the detailed electron capture rates by (SFHo_ecap0.1) and (SFHo_ecap10.0).

In Figure 15, we plot the three new profiles together with our fiducial SFHo profile. All of the new profiles predict substantially lower at high densities than our fiducial profiles for the SFHo EOS. However, the SFHo_ecap0.1 profile, and to a lesser extent the SFHo_ecap1.0 profile, have higher at intermediate densities of than the fiducial profile. This is relevant for our analysis here, since in the final phase of collapse, a large part of the inner core passes this density range less than a dynamical time from core bounce. Thus, the higher in this density range can have an influence on the inner core mass at bounce.

In the nonrotating case, the fiducial SFHo inner core mass at bounce is and we find , , and , for SFHo_0.1x_ecap, SFHo_1x_ecap, and SFHo_10x_ecap, respectively. Note that SFHo_1x_ecap and SFHo_10x_ecap give the same at , but SFHo_1x_ecap predicts higher at (cf. Figure 15) and thus has a larger inner core mass at bounce.

Figure 16: Changes in GW Observables with Variations in Electron Capture Rates. We show results for (at , top panel) and for SFHo EOS simulations with with our fiducial profile and with the new profiles from simulations with detailed tabulated nuclear electron capture rates (cf. Figure 15). Differences in electron capture treatment and uncertainties in capture rates lead to differences in the key GW observables that are as large as those induced by switching EOS.

In Figure 16, we present the key GW observables and resulting from our rotating core collapse simulations with the new profiles. We also plot our fiducial SFHo results for comparison. The top panel shows and we note that the differences between the fiducial SFHo simulations and the runs with the SFHo_ecap1.0 base profile are substantial and larger than differences between many of the EOS discussed i