We present results of exploratory, two-dimensional numerical calculations of a local thermonuclear runaway on the surface of a white dwarf. We find that the energy released by the runaway can induce a significant amount of vorticity near the burning region. Such mass motions account naturally for mixing of core matter into the envelope during the explosion. A new mechanism for the lateral spread of nuclear burning is also discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Issue number||1 PART 2|
|State||Published - Jul 20 1992|
- Novae, cataclysmic variables
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science