ScienceDaily — A new study has shown how mixing of elements occurs during a nova explosion, thus solving an enigma that has puzzled stellar astrophysicists for over half a century.
Scientists at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. BarcelonaTech (UPC) have for the first time simulated critical phenomena that occur during nova explosions. Their work has made it possible to precisely characterise the physical properties and chemical composition of the material ejected in novae, and this has yielded the solution to an enigma that has puzzled experts for over 50 years: the origin of the irregular, inhomogeneous distribution of nova ejecta.
The paper, published recently in Nature, has facilitated analysis of the role these thermonuclear explosions play in the chemical enrichment of the galaxy.
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New Paper: 3-D Simulations of Nova Explosions
Scientists explain irregular, inhomogeneous distribution of nova ejecta.