The physics of supernovae

  • S. E. Woosley
  • Thomas A. Weaver
3. Supernovae
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 255)


Presupernova models of massive stars are presented and their explosion by “delayed neutrino transport” examined. A new form of long duration Type II supernova model is also explored based upon repeated encounter with the electron-positron pair instability in stars heavier than about 60 M⊙. Carbon deflagration in white dwarfs is discussed as the probable explanation of Type I supernovae and special attention is paid to the physical processes whereby a nuclear flame propagates through degenerate carbon.


Neutron Star White Dwarf Burning Front Flame Speed Iron Core 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. E. Woosley
    • 1
    • 2
  • Thomas A. Weaver
    • 2
  1. 1.Board of Studies in Astronomy and Astrophysics Lick ObservatoryUniversity of California at Santa CruzSanta Cruz
  2. 2.Special Studies GroupLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLivermore

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