Results from core-collapse simulations with multi-dimensional, multi-angle neutrino transport

Timothy D. Brandt, Adam S. Burrows, Christian D. Ott, Eli Livne

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We present new results from the only two-dimensional multi-group, multi-angle calculations of core-collapse supernova evolution. The first set of results from these calculations was published in 2008 by Ott et al. We have followed a nonrotating and a rapidly rotating 20 M model for ∼400 ms after bounce. We show that the radiation fields vary much less with angle than the matter quantities in the region of net neutrino heating. This happens because most neutrinos are emitted from inner radiative regions and because the specific intensity is an integral over sources from many angles at depth. The latter effect can only be captured by multi-angle transport. We then compute the phase relationship between dipolar oscillations in the shock radius and in matter and radiation quantities throughout the post-shock region. We demonstrate a connection between variations in neutrino flux and the hydrodynamical shock oscillations, and use a variant of the Rayleigh test to estimate the detectability of these neutrino fluctuations in IceCube and Super-Kamiokande. Neglecting flavor oscillations, fluctuations in our nonrotating model would be detectable to ∼10 kpc in IceCube, and a detailed power spectrum could be measured out to ∼5 kpc. These distances are considerably lower in our rapidly rotating model or with significant flavor oscillations. Finally, we measure the impact of rapid rotation on detectable neutrino signals. Our rapidly rotating model has strong, species-dependent asymmetries in both its peak neutrino flux and its light curves. The peak flux and decline rate show pole-equator ratios of up to ∼3 and ∼2, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 10 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Hydrodynamics
  • Neutrinos
  • Stars: interiors
  • Supernovae: general


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