posted on Feb, 5 2003 @ 01:46 PM
LOS ALAMOS, N.M., June 4, 2002 -- Astrophysicists from Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, have created the first 3-D computer simulations of
the spectacular explosion that marks the death of a massive star. Presented to the American Astronomical Society meeting in Albuquerque, N.M., today,
the research by Michael Warren and Chris Fryer eliminates some of the doubts about earlier 2-D modeling and paves the way for rapid advances on other,
more exotic questions about supernovae.
"Modeling the collapse of a massive star represents one of the greatest challenges in computational physics," Warren said. "All four fundamental
forces of nature are in play, giving us a cosmic laboratory with conditions unlike anywhere else in the Universe. Only if we truly understand the
fundamental physics involved and do a perfect job of implementing the computational algorithms will we be able to reproduce the ever-increasing
quality of the observational data."
[Edited on 5-2-2003 by ultra_phoenix]