Exploding Models of Core-Collapse Supernovae

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Core-collapse supernovae have challenged theorists and computational science for half a century. Such explosions are the source of many of the heavy elements in the Universe and the birthplace of neutron stars and stellar-mass black holes. However, determining the mechanism of explosion remains the key goal of theory. Recently, there have been breakthroughs in understanding and simulating these explosions, and I will describe our recent calculations that lead to robust explosions and the physics behind them. All these events have gravitational-wave and neutrino signatures that could be diagnostic of the internal dynamics of the mechanism and explosion phenomenology in real time. I will discuss such signatures and how their detection might bear on a definitive resolution of the core-collapse puzzle.

Date: 
25 Oct 2017
Time: 
4:00pm
Location: 
Gore 104
Speaker: 
Professor Adam Burrows, Princeton University
Host: 
Gizis