Schedule Feb 07, 2006
The Instability of Standing Accretion Shocks
John Blondin (North Carolina)

The origin of asymmetry in core-collapse supernovae may arise in the first few hundred milliseconds after bounce when the nascent shockwave is susceptible to the spherical accretion shock instability. We provide quantitative measurement of the growth of both an axisymmetric mode (l=1) and a non-axisymmetric mode (m=1) in the linear regime, and argue that this instability is a growing pressure wave driven by the dynamic response of the accretion shock. Recent 3D simulations haveshown that the non-axisymmetric mode of the SASI dominates the nonlinear evolution, and can impart a significant amount of angular momentum to the underlying neutron star.

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