Thermonuclear runaways in nova outbursts

Anurag Shankar, David Arnett, Bruce A. Fryxell

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We present results of exploratory, two-dimensional numerical calculations of a local thermonuclear runaway on the surface of a white dwarf. We find that the energy released by the runaway can induce a significant amount of vorticity near the burning region. Such mass motions account naturally for mixing of core matter into the envelope during the explosion. A new mechanism for the lateral spread of nuclear burning is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L13-L15
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 PART 2
StatePublished - Jul 20 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • Hydrodynamics
  • Novae, cataclysmic variables

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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