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  • Print publication year: 2008
  • Online publication date: December 2009

38 - Progenitor evolution of Type-I supernovae: evolution and implications for yields

Summary

Recent progress in the study of the various proposed SN Ia-progenitor scenarios is reviewed. We discuss the effects of rotation on the evolution of SN Ia progenitors, in particular the stabilization of helium-shell burning and the increase of the Chandrasekhar limit. The latter may have been confirmed by a recent analysis of an overluminous SN 2003fg. For the evolution of CO white dwarf mergers, we discuss new arguments in favor of obtaining Type-Ia SNe from those systems, in contrast to the previous consensus. We onsensus. We address the issue of SN Ia delay times, and the dependence of average SN Ia properties on the type of host galaxy, in the light of recent observations and progenitor models, and derive implications for SN Ia yields.

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