A 3D simulation of a neutrino-driven supernova explosion aided by convection and magnetic fields

Bernhard Mueller, Vishnu Varma

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We study the impact of a small-scale dynamo in core-collapse supernovae using a 3D neutrino magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) simulation of a 15 M progenitor. The weak seed field is amplified exponentially in the gain region once neutrino-driven convection develops, and remains dominated by small-scale structures. About 250 ms after bounce, the field energy in the gain region reaches 50 per cent of kinetic equipartition. This supports the development of a neutrino-driven explosion with modest global anisotropy, which does not occur in a corresponding model without magnetic fields. Our results suggest that magnetic fields may play a beneficial subsidiary role in neutrino-driven supernovae even without rapid progenitor rotation. Further investigation into the nature of MHD turbulence in the supernova core is required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L109-L113
Number of pages5
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


  • MHD
  • supernovae: general
  • turbulence

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