A Comprehensive Observational Analysis of V1324 Sco, the Most Gamma-Ray Luminous Classical Nova to Date

It has recently been discovered that some, if not all, classical novae emit GeV gamma-rays during outburst, but the mechanics of this gamma-ray emission are still not well understood. We present here a comprehensive, multi-wavelength dataset---from radio to X-rays---for the most gamma-ray luminous classical nova to-date, V1324 Sco. Using this dataset, we show that V1324 Sco is a canonical dusty Fe-II type nova, with a bulk ejecta velocity of $1150 \pm 40~\rm km~s^{-1}$ and an ejecta mass of $2.0 \pm 0.4 \times 10^{-5}~M_{\odot}$. However, despite it's seeming normalcy, there is also evidence for complex shock interactions, including the aforementioned gamma-rays and early time high-brightness temperature radio emission. To explain how a nova can be simultaneously ordinary and have the highest gamma-ray luminosity to date we present a simplified model of the ejecta in which the strength of gamma-ray emission is set by properties the fast ejecta component that collides with a slower component to produce shocks. We conclude by detailing how this model can be tested using future gamma-ray detected novae.

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