An experimental testbed for the study of hydrodynamic issues in supernovae

H. F. Robey, J. O. Kane, B. A. Remington, R. P. Drake, O. A. Hurricane, H. Louis, R. J. Wallace, J. Knauer, P. Keiter, D. Arnett, D. D. Ryutov

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More than a decade after the explosion of supernova 1987A, unresolved discrepancies still remain in attempts to numerically simulate the mixing processes initiated by the passage of a very strong shock through the layered structure of the progenitor star. Numerically computed velocities of the radioactive 56Ni and 56Co, produced by shock-induced explosive burning within the silicon layer, for example, are still more than 50% too low as compared with the measured velocities. To resolve such discrepancies between observation and simulation, an experimental testbed has been designed on the Omega Laser for the study of hydrodynamic issues of importance to Supernovae (SNe). In this paper, results are presented from a series of scaled laboratory experiments designed to isolate and explore several issues in the hydrodynamics of supernova explosions. The results of the experiments are compared with numerical simulations and are generally found to be in reasonable agreement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2446-2453
Number of pages8
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number5 II
StatePublished - May 2001
Event42nd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics - Quebec, Que, Canada
Duration: Oct 23 2000Oct 27 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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