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Turbulence Generation by Shock-Acoustic-Wave Interaction in Core-Collapse Supernovae

Department of Physics, School of Science and Technology, Nazarbayev University, Astana 010000, Kazakhstan
Fluid Mechanics Group, Escuela Politécnica Superior, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganés, Spain
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Particles 2018, 1(1), 97-110;
Received: 11 April 2018 / Revised: 30 April 2018 / Accepted: 1 May 2018 / Published: 7 May 2018
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Convective instabilities in the advanced stages of nuclear shell burning can play an important role in neutrino-driven supernova explosions. In our previous work, we studied the interaction of vorticity and entropy waves with the supernova shock using a linear perturbations theory. In this paper, we extend our work by studying the effect of acoustic waves. As the acoustic waves cross the shock, the perturbed shock induces a field of entropy and vorticity waves in the post-shock flow. We find that, even when the upstream flow is assumed to be dominated by sonic perturbations, the shock-generated vorticity waves contain most of the turbulent kinetic energy in the post-shock region, while the entropy waves produced behind the shock are responsible for most of the density perturbations. The entropy perturbations are expected to become buoyant as a response to the gravity force and then generate additional turbulence in the post-shock region. This leads to a modest reduction of the critical neutrino luminosity necessary for producing an explosion, which we estimate to be less than ~5%. View Full-Text
Keywords: hydrodynamics; shock waves; turbulence; supernovae: general hydrodynamics; shock waves; turbulence; supernovae: general

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Abdikamalov, E.; Huete, C.; Nussupbekov, A.; Berdibek, S. Turbulence Generation by Shock-Acoustic-Wave Interaction in Core-Collapse Supernovae. Particles 2018, 1, 97-110.

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