We compare a suite of three-dimensional explosion calculations and stellar models incorporating advanced physics with observational constraints on the progenitor of Cassiopeia A. We consider binary and single stars from 16 to 40 M⊙ with a range of explosion energies and geometries. The parameter space allowed by observations of nitrogen-rich high-velocity ejecta, ejecta mass, compact remnant mass, and 44Ti and 56Ni abundances individually and as an ensemble is considered. A progenitor of 15-25 M⊙ that loses its hydrogen envelope to a binary interaction and undergoes an energetic explosion can match all the observational constraints.
- Nuclear reactions, nucleosynthesis, abundances
- Stars: Evolution
- Supernova remnants
- Supernovae: individual (Cassiopeia A)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science