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Observational evidences point to a common explosion mechanism of Type Ia supernovae based on a delayed detonation of a white dwarf (WD). However, all attempts to ﬁnd a convincing ignition mechanism based on a delayed detonation in a destabilized, expanding, white dwarf have been elusive so far. One of the possibilities that has been invoked is that an inefﬁcient deﬂagration leads to pulsation of a Chandrasekhar-mass WD, followed by formation of an accretion shock that conﬁnes a carbon–oxygen rich core, while transforming the kinetic energy of the collapsing halo into thermal energy of the core, until an inward moving detonation is formed. This chain of events has been termed Pulsating Reverse Detonation (PRD). In this work, we present three-dimensional numerical simulations of PRD models from the time of detonation initiation up to homologous expansion. Different models characterized by the amount of mass burned during the deﬂagration phase, Mdeﬂ, give explosions spanning a range of kinetic energies, K ∼ (1.0–1.2)×1051 erg, and 56Ni masses, M(56Ni) ∼ 0.6–0.8 M , which are compatible with what is expected for typical Type Ia supernovae. Spectra and light curves of angle-averaged spherically symmetric versions of the PRD models are discussed. Type Ia supernova spectra pose the most stringent requirements on PRD models.
CitationBravo, E. [et al.]. Pulsating reverse detonation models of Type Ia supernovae. II. Explosion. "Astrophysical journal", Abril 2009, vol. 695, núm. 2, p. 1257-1272.
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