Response of nuclear-dissociating shocks to vorticity perturbations

César Huete, Ernazar Abdikamalov

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In the context of core-collapse supernova explosions, the interaction of standing accretion shocks with upstream vorticity perturbations is investigated by linear theory analysis. The endothermic effect associated to the nuclear dissociation, which takes place right behind the shock wave, affects the amplitude of the perturbations amplified/generated across the front. For upstream disturbances whose characteristic size is much larger than the postshock dissociation layer thickness, the effect of nuclear dissociation can be reduced to that of considering the global endothermic effect that scales with the inflow energy flux. The present study focuses on perturbation fields that are not isotropic, which mimic the perturbations in collapsing convective shells of massive stars. The linear interaction of the shock with bidimensional mono-frequency vorticity perturbations is theoretically addressed, with the limit of highly stretched vortices being analyzed in detail. The exact spatial distribution of the rotational and acoustic perturbations generated in the postshock flow are provided along with the transient evolution of the shock front. It is found that nuclear dissociation contributes to stabilize the shock oscillations, but increases the amplitude of the density perturbations downstream. An extension of this work that addresses the interaction with tridimensional isotropic turbulent flows can be found in reference (Huete et al 2018 Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 475 3305-3323), which analyzes the effect of the postshock flow on the critical conditions that ultimately trigger explosion.

Original languageEnglish
Article number094002
JournalPhysica Scripta
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Jun 11 2019


  • shock wave
  • supernovae
  • turbulence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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