Supernovae are some of the most explosive events in the universe. They can enrich the cosmos with synthesised heavy elements and can outshine entire galaxies. By taking spectra of these supernovae we are able to interrogate whether suggested explosion scenarios are in agreement with what is observed. This project is focused on constructing models from proposed explosion scenarios and comparing these to one class of thermonuclear supernova that is unlike any other that has been observed. Some basic background in programming (Python) would be beneficial but is not essential.
During my undergraduate studies, I also took part in a supernova related summer research project. This project led to a publication and eventually to becoming a PhD student. The student for this project will gain valuable experience in supernova research and have the opportunity to become involved in the wider supernova group at Queen's.
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