Nucleosynthesis in thermonuclear supernovae

  title={Nucleosynthesis in thermonuclear supernovae},
  author={Ivo R. Seitenzahl and Dean M. Townsley},
  journal={arXiv: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics},
The explosion energy of thermonuclear (Type Ia) supernovae is derived from the difference in nuclear binding energy liberated in the explosive fusion of light 'fuel' nuclei, predominantly carbon and oxygen, into more tightly bound nuclear 'ash' dominated by iron and silicon group elements. The very same explosive thermonuclear fusion event is also one of the major processes contributing to the nucleosynthesis of the heavy elements, in particular the iron-group elements. For example, most of the… 
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