E. Brown

Michigan State University, Ист-Лансинг, Michigan, United States

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    ABSTRACT: Ye of individual supernova Type Ia at the time of explosion by using the silicon, sulfur, and calcium features from single epoch and multi-epoch spectra near maximum light. Most one-dimensional Chandrasekhar mass models of supernova Type Ia in the single-degenerate scenario produce their intermediate-mass elements in a burn to quasi-nuclear statistical equilibrium between the mass shells 0.8 and 1.1 M. We find a near linear dependence of the intermediate-mass element nuclear yields on the white dwarf’s initial metallicity from such SNe Ia explosion models, and the effect this dependence has on synthetic spectra near maximum light. We demonstrate that these metallicity signatures are only due to material achieving the necessary thermodynamic conditions. In addition, we find that global abundance of silicon is insensitive to change in metallicity but sulfur and calcium abundances change significantly
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    ABSTRACT: Proton-rich material in a state of nuclear statistical equilibrium (NSE) is one of the least studied regimes of nucleosynthesis. One reason for this is that after hydrogen burning, stellar evolution proceeds at conditions of equal number of neutrons and protons or at a slight degree of neutron-richness. Proton-rich nucleosynthesis in stars tends to occur only when hydrogen-rich material that accretes onto a white dwarf or neutron star explodes, or when neutrino interactions in the winds from a nascent proto-neutron star or collapsar-disk drive the matter proton-rich prior to or during the nucleosynthesis. In this paper we solve the NSE equations for a range of proton-rich thermodynamic conditions. We show that cold proton-rich NSE is qualitatively different from neutron-rich NSE. Instead of being dominated by the Fe-peak nuclei with the largest binding energy per nucleon that have a proton to nucleon ratio close to the prescribed electron fraction, NSE for proton-rich material near freeze-out temperature is mainly composed of Ni56 and free protons. Previous results of nuclear reaction network calculations rely on this non-intuitive high proton abundance, which this paper will explain. We show how the differences and especially the large fraction of free protons arises from the minimization of the free energy as a result of a delicate competition between the entropy and the nuclear binding energy. Comment: 4 pages, 7 figures
    The Astrophysical Journal 08/2008; 685(2). DOI:10.1086/592501 · 6.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Type Ia supernovae are thought to begin with a deflagration phase, where burning occurs as a subsonic flame which accelerates and possibly undergoes a transition to a supersonic detonation. Both the acceleration and possible transition will depend on the microphysics of astrophysical flames, and their interaction with a turbulent flow in degenerate material. Here we present recent progress in studying the interactions of astrophysical flames and curvature and strain at the FLASH center; in particular, we discuss quantitative measurements of the effects of strain on burning rate of these flames, and implications for instability growth and quenching. This work was supported by the DOE ASCI/Alliances program at the University of Chicago under grant No. B341495 and the Scientific through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program of the DOE, grant number DE-FC02-01ER41176 to the Supernova Science Center/UCSC.
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    ABSTRACT: We report on progress in modeling many facets of Classical Novae. These include magnetohydrodynamical simulations of the accretion phase (for the case of magnetic white dwarfs) and hydrodynamical simulations of the mixing of white dwarf material into the hydrogen-rich envelope by resonant gravity wave breaking at the surface of the white dwarf (See also Alexakis, et al.). We also report on initial efforts at the development of a sub-grid enrichment model based on these results as well as results of one-dimensional simulations with mixing length convection of the enrichment process exploring the long-term behavior of the enriched region. Finally, we present two-dimensional simulations of the onset and development of convection in nova precursor models and during the runaway. This work was supported by the DOE ASCI/Alliances program at the University of Chicago under grant No. B341495.

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8 Citations
6.28 Total Impact Points

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  • 2008
    • Michigan State University
      • Department of Physics and Astronomy
      Ист-Лансинг, Michigan, United States