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Preprint typeset using L ATEX style emulateapj v. 11/12/01 ON THE SMALL-SCALE STABILITY OF THERMONUCLEAR FLAMES IN TYPE Ia SUPERNOVAE

By F. K. Röpke, J. C. Niemeyer and W. Hillebr

Abstract

We present a numerical model which allows us to investigate thermonuclear flames in Type Ia supernova explosions. The model is based on a finite-volume explicit hydrodynamics solver employing PPM. Using the level-set technique combined with in-cell reconstruction and flux-splitting schemes we are able to describe the flame in the discontinuity approximation. We apply our implementation to flame propagation in Chandrasekhar-mass Type Ia supernova models. In particular we concentrate on intermediate scales between the flame width and the Gibson-scale, where the burning front is subject to the Landau-Darrieus instability. We are able to reproduce the theoretical prediction on the growth rates of perturbations in the linear regime and observe the stabilization of the flame in a cellular shape. The increase of the mean burning velocity due to the enlarged flame surface is measured. Results of our simulation are in agreement with semianalytical studies. Subject headings: hydrodynamics—instabilities—supernovae:general—turbulence 1. introduction Owing to the vast range of relevant length scales involved in the problem, it is impossible to resolve the full Type Ia supernova (SN Ia in the following) explosion in multidimensional numerical simulations. Therefore the task has to b

Year: 2008
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