EAS Publications Series
Volume 32, 2008Stellar Nucleosynthesis: 50 years after B2FH
|Page(s)||283 - 310|
|Published online||06 November 2008|
C. Charbonnel and J.-P. Zahn (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 32 (2008) 283-310
Type Ia Supernovae
Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (CSIC – IEEC)
& Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya,
Torre C-5 parells 2n, Campus UAB, 08193 Bellaterra, Spain
2 Departament de Física i Enginyeria Nuclear (UPC) & Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya, Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Type Ia supernovae are thought to be the outcome of the thermonuclear explosion of a carbon–oxygen white dwarf in a close binary system. In this review we discuss the observational background, the possible progenitors, the mechanisms leading to the instability and the development of the explosion itself as well as the remaining uncertainties.
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2008
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