The Last Gasps of Stellar Life-Silicon Burning and Iron Core Formation

  • Mathieu Renzo
  • Published 2015


I describe the importance of the structure of the core for stars massive enough to go through silicon burning (MZAMS ≥ 8− 10M ). The core structure determines the outcome of the following (non-hydrostatic) evolution possibly leading to a SuperNova (SN) explosion, and it is set by the last hydrostatic equilibrium stage of the stellar life, namely silicon (Si… (More)

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