On simulating type Ia supernovae

A. C. Calder, B. K. Krueger, A. P. Jackson, D. M. Townsley, E. F. Brown, Francis Timmes

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Type Ia supernovae are bright stellar explosions distinguished by standardizable light curves that allow for their use as distance indicators for cosmological studies. Despite their highly successful use in this capacity, the progenitors of these events are incompletely understood. We describe simulating type Ia supernovae in the paradigm of a thermonuclear runaway occurring in a massive white dwarf star. We describe the multi-scale physical processes that realistic models must incorporate and the numerical models for these that we employ. In particular, we describe a flame-capturing scheme that addresses the problem of turbulent thermonuclear combustion on unresolved scales. We present the results of our study of the systematics of type Ia supernovae including trends in brightness following from properties of the host galaxy that agree with observations. We also present performance results from simulations on leadership-class architectures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012023
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012
Event23rd Conference on Computational Physics, CCP 2011 - Gatlinburg, TN, United States
Duration: Oct 30 2012Nov 3 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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