The physics of core-collapse supernovae

  title={The physics of core-collapse supernovae},
  author={S. E. Woosley and Thomas Janka},
  journal={Nature Physics},
Supernovae are nature’s grandest explosions and an astrophysical laboratory in which unique conditions exist that are not achievable on Earth. They are also the furnaces in which most of the elements heavier than carbon have been forged. Scientists have argued for decades about the physical mechanism responsible for these explosions. It is clear that the ultimate energy source is gravity, but the relative roles of neutrinos, fluid instabilities, rotation and magnetic fields continue to be… Expand

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