Models of Supernova Explosions: Where Do We Stand?
The present status of our understanding of core-collapse and of thermonuclear supernovae is reviewed. It will be argued that the failure of numerical simulations of the collapse of massive stars to produce explosions is probably caused by our incomplete knowledge of the (micro-) physics involved. In contrast, for thermonuclear (type Ia) supernovae the basic physics seems to be well under control and, therefore, it is not surprising that model predictions and observations are in good agreement.
KeywordsWhite Dwarf Core Collapse Stellar Envelope Explosion Model Nuclear Burning
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