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How Magnetic Fields Could Change the Chandrasekhar Mass Limit

12 Aug 2020, 15:56 UTC
How Magnetic Fields Could Change the Chandrasekhar Mass Limit
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Title: New Mass Limit for White Dwarfs: Super-Chandrasekhar Type Ia Supernova as a New Standard Candle.Authors: Upasana Das, Banibrata MukhopadhyayFirst Author’s Institution: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.Status: Published in Physical Review Letters [Closed access]

Vaibhavi Gawas
This guest post was written by Vaibhavi Gawas, a sophomore at Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Vaibhavi is pursuing Integrated Bachelors and Masters degree in Physics and is Club Head of Physics and Astronomy Club of IIT Madras. She likes to binge read about stellar explosions and is waiting to witness next big supernova. Beyond Astronomy and Physics, Vaibhavi loves treks, long nature walks, and the poetic self within her awakened only by the Monsoons.Type Ia supernovae (SNIae), observed to be caused by the detonation of a white dwarf star, are generally a very consistent type of stellar explosion that make up a significant part of the distance ladder. Their consistency even led us to discover dark energy! However, more and more exotic examples of SNIae have been discovered, and this has led researchers to question our understanding of the physics behind SNIae. In today’s paper, the authors look at how the presence of a magnetic field could impact the types of SNIa ...

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