Further adventures: Oxygen burning in a convective shell

S. M. Asida, David Arnett

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Two-dimensional hydrodynamical simulations of a convective oxygen burning shell in the presupernova evolution of a 20 M star are extended to later times. We used the VULCAN code to simulate longer evolution times than previously possible. Our results confirm the previous work of Bazàn & Arnett over their time span (400 s). However, at 1200 s we could identify a new steady state that is significantly different from the original one-dimensional model. There is considerable overshooting at both the top and bottom boundaries of the convection zone. Beyond the boundaries, the convective velocity falls off exponentially, with excitation of internal modes. The resulting mixing greatly affects the evolution of the simulations. Connections with other works of simulation of convection, in which such behavior is found in a different context, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-443
Number of pages9
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 PART 1
StatePublished - Dec 10 2000


  • Convection
  • Methods: numerical
  • Nuclear reactions, nucleosynthesis, abundances
  • Supernovae: general

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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