Progenitors of type Ia supernovae

@article{Wang2012ProgenitorsOT,
  title={Progenitors of type Ia supernovae},
  author={Bo Wang and Zhan-wen Han},
  journal={New Astronomy Reviews},
  year={2012},
  volume={56},
  pages={122-141}
}
Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) play an important role in astrophysics and are crucial for the studies of stellar evolution, galaxy evolution and cosmology. They are generally thought to be thermonuclear explosions of accreting carbon-oxygen white dwarfs (CO WDs) in close binaries, however, the nature of the mass donor star is still unclear. In this article, we review various progenitor models proposed in the past years and summarize many observational results that can be used to put constraints on… Expand

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