We present results from two- and three-dimensional simulations of Type Ia supernovae carried out from first principles using the adaptive-mesh code FLASH. Considering off-center prompt detonations in Chandrasekhar-mass carbon-oxygen white dwarfs, we observe temperature and abundance inhomogeneities with a cell-like structure behind the detonation front. We discuss these results in light of the commonly accepted view that prompt detonation models cannot reproduce the abundances of intermediate-mass elements observed in Type Ia supernovae, considering in general the observability of multidimensional structure in carbon detonations under conditions present in a white dwarf. This research has been supported by the U.S. Department of Energy under grant no. B341495 to the ASCI Flash Center at the University of Chicago.
American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts
- Pub Date:
- December 2001