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Models of Supernova Explosions: Where Do We Stand?

  • Wolfgang Hillebrandt
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 99)

Summary

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.

Keywords

White Dwarf Core Collapse Stellar Envelope Explosion Model Nuclear Burning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Hillebrandt
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  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für AstrophysikGarchingGermany

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