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Publication Date

2018

Abstract

Supernova (SN) 2018cow is an optical transient detected in the galaxy CGCG 137–068. It has been classified as a SN due to various characteristics in its optical spectra. The transient is also a bright X-ray source. We present results of the analysis of ∼ 62 ks of X-ray observations taken with the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory over 27 days. We found a variable behavior in the 0 . 3 − 10 keV X-ray light curve of SN 2018cow, with variability timescales of days. The observed X-ray variability could be due to the interaction between the SN ejecta and a non-uniform circum-stellar medium, perhaps related to previous mass ejections from a luminous-blue-variable-like progenitor.

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