The Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae

Speaker: 
Chris Pritchet (UVic)
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2016-11-03 16:00 - 17:00
Location: 
Hennings 201
Intended Audience: 
Undergraduate

Supernovae are split into different classes, depending on their observed properties - perhaps the most intriguing class being the so-called "Type Ia SNe". In this talk I will review the basic properties of SNe Ia, and their (past and future) importance in establishing the acceleration of the Universe. I will then discuss two recent research directions that shed light on the progenitors. Both of these methods provide support for the so-called “double degenerate” model of SN Ia explosions.

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