Single Star Progenitors for Type Ia Supernovae
Type Ia supernovae are identified as exploding degenerate stars. Their luminosity is due to the radioactive decay of about a solar mass of 56Ni through 56Co to 56Fe. Although it is generally accepted that a degenerate carbon/oxygen white dwarf explodes as it accretes material from a binary companion, the progenitors of type Ia supernovae have not been categorically identified. The cores of intermediate mass asymptotic giant branch stars are composed of carbon and oxygen in a degenerate state....[Show more]
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