The distribution and abundance of elements synthesized during the explosion
of a core collapse supernova are critical parameters in understanding the
chemical evolution of galaxies and the stellar populations within the
galaxy. The presence of explosion asymmetries in supernovae alters both
the extent of the hydrodynamically mixed regions, as well as the conditions
for burning within the supernova shock. This serves to change both the
distribution and abundance of the ejected
elements. Additionally, asymmetries in the remaining proto-neutron star
affect the r-process synthesis of very heavy elements. In this talk, I
will discuss trends in burning processes for a range of physical conditions
which exist in core-collapse supernova simulations. Intuition gained from
1D explosion simulations will be compared against preliminary results from
a 3D explosion simulation.
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