Theory for Core-Collapse Supernova Explosions

Adam Burrows (Princeton University)
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2012-03-22 14:00 - 15:00
NRC IFCI Building, room 1310
Local Contact: 
Barry Davids ( )
Intended Audience: 
Core-collapse supernovae are a puzzle that has challenged theorists and computational science for half a century. Such explosions are the source of many of the heavy elements in the Universe and the birthplace of neutron stars and stellar-mass black holes. However, determining the mechanism of explosion remains the key goal of theory. Recently, using sophisticated numerical tools and computers, theorists have been able to conduct multi-dimensional simulations with some physical fidelity that have provided insight into the phenonoma that attend stellar death and explosion. The core of the emerging theoretical synthesis is the centrality of hydrodynamic instability and asphericity. In this talk, I will review the state of the field and the contending explosion models and their signatures. In the process, I will highlight the computational astrophysics that has been applied to date, and that may be necessary in the future to credibly unravel this mystery.
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