The difficulty of finding double-degenerate progenitors of type Ia supernovae
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The double-degenerate progenitors of type Ia su- pernovae (SNIa) are double white dwarf binaries with a totalmass near the Chandrasekhar limit and with merger timescales smaller than the Hubble time. The fact that we have not yet observationally confirmed the existence of these objects arises the question of whether the double-degenerate chan- nel is a viable path for producing SNIa. In this con- tribution we show that this lack of detections is due to observational effects and that the probability of finding double white dwarf SNIa progenitors in the Galaxy is (2.1 ± 1.0) × 10-5.
CitationRebassa, A. [et al.]. The difficulty of finding double-degenerate progenitors of type Ia supernovae. A: 21st European Workshop on White Dwarfs. "21st European Workshop on White Dwarfs Castanheira, Vanderbosch, Montgomery, eds. July 23–27, 2018, Austin, Texas, USA". 2018, p. 1-6.