ASIAA Summer Students Program
ASIAA Summer Student Program 2023
July 3 - August 31

2023 Project Description

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Multi-Scale and Multi-Physics Astrophysical Simulations I. Superluminous Supernovae

High Energy Astrophysics
Massive Stars
Numerical Astrophysics
Theretical Astrophysics


Ken Chen
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Task Description and Goals

Supernovae (SNe) are the grandest explosions in the universe. Understanding the physics of SNe is a forefront topic in modern astrophysics with immense scientific richness for theoretical and observational explorations. In the past decade, astronomers have discovered a new type of SNe that is a hundred times brighter than typical SNe and named these extremely bright SNe as superluminous supernovae (SLSNe). Recent studies suggest the SLSNe are associated with the unusual demise of very massive stars and their extreme supernovae powered by the radioactive isotopes or compact objects formed after the explosion. The exact underlying physics of SLSNe is still under debate. In this projects. we aim to study the physics of super luminous supernovae and predict their observational signatures using the cutting-edge numerical simulations on the most powerful supercomputers in the world. Please refer to my group website for more information: Ken's Group Home Page

Required Background

1. Passion for astrophysical research 2. Independent and critical thinking 3. Hard working

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