Finite propagation time in multidimensional thermonuclear runaways

  title={Finite propagation time in multidimensional thermonuclear runaways},
  author={Bruce A. Fryxell and Stan E. Woosley},
The importance of multidimensional effects for thermonuclear runaways that occur in thin stellar shells and surface layers is discussed. The runaway will initiate at a point instead of simultaneously over the entire layer and will propagate around the star as a burning front that requires a finite time to ignite all of the fuel in the layer. A method for estimating the lateral burning velocity of a deflagration wave is discussed both for cases where the propagation is mediated by conduction or… CONTINUE READING