Physics PAN Seminar : Toward a Predictive Theory of Core-collapse Supernova Explosions
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Detroit, MI 48201
Physics PAN seminar by Prof. Sean Couch (MSU)
"Toward a Predictive Theory of Core-collapse Supernova Explosions”
Tremendous progress has been made recently in our theoretical understanding of massive stellar death. This has been enabled in large part by the advent of high-fidelity 3D simulations of the supernova mechanism. I will discuss the recent developments and our progress in building a predictive theory of massive stellar death. In particular, I will discuss the important roles that turbulence and realistic 3D stellar structure are playing in the supernova mechanism. I will also present the emerging picture of the very complex connection between progenitor structures and the outcomes of stellar core collapse. Finally, I will discuss the role of ubiquitous rotation and magnetic fields in altering the character of supernova explosions. All stars rotate and have magnetic fields and this fact can have a qualitative impact on core-collapse supernova explosions.