Structure formation and characterization in supernova explosions

Patrick Young, Carola Ellinger, Chris Fryer, Gabe Rockefeller

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Observations of supernova remnants show that large-and small scale structures form at various points in the explosion. We present a case study of structure formation in 3D in a 15 M· supernova for different parameters. We investigate the structure formation and morphology of the Rayleigh-Taylor unstable region. We also propose a method of characterizing the sizes of overdense clumps that can be compared directly with observations. The RT instabilities result in clumps that are overdense by 1-2 orders of magnitude with respect to the ambient gas, have size scales on the level of a few% of the remnant diameter, and are not diffused after the first ∼30 yrs of the remnant evolution, in the absence of a surrounding medium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDeath of Massive Stars
Subtitle of host publicationSupernovae and Gamma-Ray Bursts
EditorsPeter W. A. San Antonio, Nobuyuki Kawai, Elena Pian
Number of pages2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
ISSN (Print)1743-9213
ISSN (Electronic)1743-9221



  • (ISM:) supernova remnants
  • diffusion
  • hydrodynamics
  • methods: numerical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Space and Planetary Science

Cite this

Young, P., Ellinger, C., Fryer, C., & Rockefeller, G. (2011). Structure formation and characterization in supernova explosions. In P. W. A. San Antonio, N. Kawai, & E. Pian (Eds.), Death of Massive Stars: Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Bursts (S279 ed., pp. 429-430). (Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union; Vol. 7, No. S279).