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    Default Re: a white dwarf SN survivor!

    Very cool. Any ideas how it could have survived the SN event?
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    Default Re: a white dwarf SN survivor!

    Quote Originally Posted by GCoyote View Post
    Very cool. Any ideas how it could have survived the SN event?
    Successful detonation is not guaranteed. It depends on many factors. In particular the mass accretion / loss history, the point where the detonation initiates, how much of an envelope is above the ignition point, etc. Just as a chemical explosive can fizzle so can a SN.

    Perhaps rather than the usual scenario where a wd accretes excess material until it collapses as a whole some fluke in the accretion history started an off center detonation the ejected enough material to relieve the critical pressure on the core. If the detonation was initiated be a sudden supersonic flow or merger event the CO core would not have had time to respond and detonate as a whole, just in part. I'm speculating.....
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