Simulation of Type Ia Supernovae (Deflagration to Detonation Transition) Density and Flame Surface

Supercomputers are extremely useful in simulating huge events like supernovae—they help researchers model how our universe formed and evolves. Here's a type Ia supernova where the surface of the star is blue and the yellow shows the flame front (behind which there is ash from burning stellar material).


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FLASH simulation of the pure deflagration model of Type Ia Supernova. The blue surface approximates the surface of the star and the yellow surface shows the flame front behind which there is ash from burning stellar material.


Researchers: George Jordan and Donald Q. Lamb, University of Chicago


Visualization: Brad Gallagher, University of Chicago


Research supported by:

DOE/NNSA ASC Alliance Flash Center, DOE/Office of Science INCITE Program


Argonne National Laboratory.

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Taken on October 1, 2009