Special Session Sp17  25 June 2015

Hunting down the elusive progenitors and explosion mechanisms of Type Ia supernovae

Aims and scope

Type Ia supernovae are important for modern astrophysics for various reasons. For instance, they have been key in discovering that the present day Universe undergoes an accelerated expansion and they play a crucial role in the chemical enrichment of galaxies. A limiting factor in this context is the lack in our theoretical understanding of SN Ia explosions: their progenitor stars and the exact explosion mechanisms are still elusive. In the past decade a wealth of new data has been collected by large synoptic surveys (e.g. PESSTO, Pan-STARRS, iPTF), and two recent nearby events have allowed to place deeper limits on progenitor systems than ever before. At the same time, advances in numerical modelling, namely fully 3D hydrodynamic simulations that capture the explosion dynamics in a more realistic way, and sophisticated radiative transfer models that allow to connect the models to observational data, have become available. This special session aims at bringing together theorists and observers to give an overview about the current observational state of the art, present recent theoretical progress and discuss the open problems in Type Ia supernovae.

Topics covered include:

  • Population synthesis
  • SN Ia rates
  • Constraints on the progenitor system
  • Explosion models
  • Synthetic observables and comparison to observations
  • Clues from multiwavelength post-explosion observations
  • Supernova remnants
  • Exotic (thermonuclear) transients

Invited speakers

  • Pablo Loren Aguilar University of Exeter
  • Assaf Sternberg Excellence Cluster Universe Munich
  • Silvia Toonen Leiden Observatory

Scientific organisers
Nancy Elias-Rosa (INAF Padova), Markus Kromer (Department of Astronomy, Stockholm University), RĂ¼diger Pakmor (HITS Heidelberg), Stefan Taubenberger (ESO Garching)

markus.kromer @ astro.su.se

Updated on Tue Dec 23 08:23:35 CET 2014