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Published October 1, 2016 | Submitted + Published
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Shock–turbulence interaction in core-collapse supernovae


Nuclear shell burning in the final stages of the lives of massive stars is accompanied by strong turbulent convection. The resulting fluctuations aid supernova explosion by amplifying the non-radial flow in the post-shock region. In this work, we investigate the physical mechanism behind this amplification using a linear perturbation theory. We model the shock wave as a one-dimensional planar discontinuity and consider its interaction with vorticity and entropy perturbations in the upstream flow. We find that, as the perturbations cross the shock, their total turbulent kinetic energy is amplified by a factor of ∼2, while the average linear size of turbulent eddies decreases by about the same factor. These values are not sensitive to the parameters of the upstream turbulence and the nuclear dissociation efficiency at the shock. Finally, we discuss the implication of our results for the supernova explosion mechanism. We show that the upstream perturbations can decrease the critical neutrino luminosity for producing explosion by several per cent.

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© 2016 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. Accepted 2016 July 1. Received 2016 July 1. In original form 2016 May 29. First published online July 5, 2016. We thank our referee, Thierry Foglizzo, for fruitful discussions and a thorough review that improved this paper. We also thank Jim Fuller and Bernhard Müller for valuable discussions and comments. This work is partially supported by ORAU and Social Policy grants at Nazarbayev University and by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation.

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