Two-dimensional versus three-dimensional supernova hydrodynamic instability growth

J. Kane, D. Arnett, B. A. Remington, S. G. Glendinning, G. Bazán, E. Müller, B. A. Fryxell, R. Teyssier

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Numerical simulations using the SN hydrodynamics code PROMETHEUS are carried out to study the difference between growth of two-dimensional versus three-dimensional single-mode perturbations at the He-H and O-He interfaces of SN 1987A. We find that in the rest frame of an unperturbed one-dimensional interface, a three-dimensional single-mode perturbation grows ≈30%-35% faster than a two-dimensional single-mode perturbation, when the wavelengths are chosen to give the same linear stage growth in the planar limit. In simulations where we impose single-mode density perturbations in the O layer of the initial model and random velocity perturbations in the postshock fluid near the He-H interface, we find that both axisymmetric O spikes and three-dimensional O spikes penetrate significantly further than two-dimensional O spikes. The difference between two dimensions and three dimensions predicted by our calculations is not enough to account for the difference between observed 56Co velocities in SN 1987A and the results of previous two-dimensional simulations of SN 1987A, but our results suggest that the real three-dimensional hydrodynamics are noticeably different than the two-dimensional simulations predict.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)989-994
Number of pages6
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 PART 1
StatePublished - Jan 10 2000
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Hydrodynamics
  • Instabilities
  • Methods: Numerical
  • Supernovae: General


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