How high energy fluxes may affect Rayleigh-Taylor instability growth in young supernova remnants

C. C. Kuranz, H. S. Park, C. M. Huntington, A. R. Miles, B. A. Remington, T. Plewa, M. R. Trantham, H. F. Robey, D. Shvarts, A. Shimony, K. Raman, S. MacLaren, W. C. Wan, F. W. Doss, J. Kline, K. A. Flippo, G. Malamud, T. A. Handy, S. Prisbrey, C. M. KraulandS. R. Klein, E. C. Harding, R. Wallace, M. J. Grosskopf, D. C. Marion, D. Kalantar, E. Giraldez, R. P. Drake

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Energy-transport effects can alter the structure that develops as a supernova evolves into a supernova remnant. The Rayleigh-Taylor instability is thought to produce structure at the interface between the stellar ejecta and the circumstellar matter, based on simple models and hydrodynamic simulations. Here we report experimental results from the National Ignition Facility to explore how large energy fluxes, which are present in supernovae, affect this structure. We observed a reduction in Rayleigh-Taylor growth. In analyzing the comparison with supernova SN1993J, a Type II supernova, we found that the energy fluxes produced by heat conduction appear to be larger than the radiative energy fluxes, and large enough to have dramatic consequences. No reported astrophysical simulations have included radiation and heat conduction self-consistently in modeling supernova remnants and these dynamics should be noted in the understanding of young supernova remnants.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1564
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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