Progenitors of Core-Collapse Supernovae

  title={Progenitors of Core-Collapse Supernovae},
  author={S. Smartt},
  journal={Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics},
  • S. Smartt
  • Published 2009
  • Physics
  • Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Knowledge of the progenitors of core-collapse supernovae is a fundamental component in understanding the explosions. The recent progress in finding such stars is reviewed. The minimum initial mass that can produce a supernova (SN) has converged to 8 ± 1 M⊙ from direct detections of red supergiant progenitors of II-P SNe and the most massive white dwarf progenitors, although this value is model dependent. It appears that most type Ibc SNe arise from moderate mass interacting binaries. The highly… CONTINUE READING
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