Supernova Simulations and Neutron Star Formation

Hans-Thomas Janka

Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics


The current status of supernova modeling will be reviewed. Improvements in the treatment of neutrino transport and neutrino-matter interactions have advanced the models to a new level of sophistication. Successful and robust explosions by the neutrino-heating mechanism can be reported for progenitors with 8-10 solar masses, and explosions supported by hydrodynamic instabilities seem in reach for stars with masses between 10 and 12 solar masses. State of the art simulations for more massive progenitors are not yet finally conclusive, but offer new and interesting insights into the role of convection, hydrodynamic instabilities, and rotation in supernovae and during neutron star birth.


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