Thermonuclear runaways in nova outbursts

Anurag Shankar, W David Arnett, Bruce A. Fryxell

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Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume394
Issue number1 PART 2
StatePublished - Jul 20 1992

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Keywords

  • Hydrodynamics
  • Novae, cataclysmic variables

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  • Space and Planetary Science

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Shankar, A., Arnett, W. D., & Fryxell, B. A. (1992). Thermonuclear runaways in nova outbursts. Astrophysical Journal, 394(1 PART 2).

Thermonuclear runaways in nova outbursts. / Shankar, Anurag; Arnett, W David; Fryxell, Bruce A.

In: Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 394, No. 1 PART 2, 20.07.1992.

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Shankar, A, Arnett, WD & Fryxell, BA 1992, 'Thermonuclear runaways in nova outbursts', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 394, no. 1 PART 2.
Shankar A, Arnett WD, Fryxell BA. Thermonuclear runaways in nova outbursts. Astrophysical Journal. 1992 Jul 20;394(1 PART 2).
Shankar, Anurag ; Arnett, W David ; Fryxell, Bruce A. / Thermonuclear runaways in nova outbursts. In: Astrophysical Journal. 1992 ; Vol. 394, No. 1 PART 2.
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