Volume 558, October 2013
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||26 September 2013|
Multidimensional simulations of pair-instability supernovae
1 LAPTh, Univ. de Savoie, CNRS, BP 110, 74941 Annecy-le-Vieux, France
2 Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, Russian Academy of Science, Miusskaya sq. 4, 125047 Moscow, Russia
3 National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI”, Kashirskoe sh. 31, 115409 Moscow, Russia
Received: 18 February 2013
Accepted: 9 May 2013
According to theoretical models, massive stars with masses within the 100–250 M⊙ range should explode as pair-instability supernovae (PISNe). Since the first stars of the Universe are believed to be very massive, these supernovae should play a significant role in the early stages of its history. But these stars represent the last unobserved population, owing to detection limits of current telescopes. In this work we analyze pair-instability supernovae explosions using various numerical codes. We evolve series of the configurations of oxygen cores to establish a range of masses and initial conditions where this type of explosion is possible. We also study the role of possible instabilities in the propagation of shockwaves during the last stage of the explosion. This investigation could help us to predict the observational properties of PISNe for future space and ground telescopes.
Key words: stars: Population III / supernovae: general / hydrodynamics / instabilities
© ESO, 2013
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